Unsinkable Rostik and Co. Corrupt Crimea on threshold of 5th anniversary of 'Crimean Spring' 

Unsinkable Rostik and Co. Corrupt Crimea on threshold of 5th anniversary of 'Crimean Spring'
Rostik is free and innocent Photo: The CrimeRussia

Analyzing corruption crimes of officials in the Crimea, The CrimeRussia is induced to state: the corruption engine on the peninsula has been wound up so powerfully that some representatives of the local political elite are not subject to criminal liability. For example, the criminal case of the ex-Mayor of Yalta, Andrey Rostenko, mysteriously resolved, and Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Nakhlupin, who has been in prison since October 2018, has not yet been dismissed from his post. As for the missing person at the end of last year, chief architect of Yalta Edem Karimov, no one is looking for him.

The ex-Mayor of Yalta faces the law

On the eve of the new 2019, it became known that the criminal case against the former Mayor of Yalta, Andrey Rostenko (Rostik), who on duty in 2014–2017, was terminated due to the absence of corpus delicti. Recall, on May 22, 2018, the Basmanny District Court of Moscow arrested Rostenko on charges of Exceeding Official Powers (part 1 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). In particular, the official was imputed alienation of 26 acres of federal land from the sanatorium of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Alupka. Later, the Moscow City Court recognized the decision as legitimate. Rostenko's case was reviewed by the ICR under the leadership of General Justice Mikhail Tumanov. The head of the Crimea, Sergey Aksenov, publicly defended Andrey Rostenko, calling his arrest "someone's order" and "provocation against the authorities of the Crimea," and all the actions of Andrey Rostenko - legitimate. On August 3, the ex-Mayor of Yalta was already seen freely walking around Simferopol. He was still hiding his face behind big sunglasses, but as a result of the accident provoked by him, he was forced to light up in front of the Council of Ministers of the Crimea. A couple of months later, in October, the official, who was still under investigation, was appointed the curator of the Federal Target Program for the Development of the Crimea and Sevastopol.

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The accident spot

On November 19, 2018, law enforcement agencies ceased the prosecution of Andrey Rostenko altogether, terminating the criminal case previously initiated against him, lawyer Yuri Avdeev happily reported. Crimeans, too, were delighted, but in their way: approximately such comments were accompanied by news articles in the Internet media about the “zeroing ” of claims to Rostenko. 

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However, no official comments on the termination of the criminal case against Rostenko have been given. Therefore, Sergey Aksenov’s adviser, Andrey Rostenko, is like a lamb - clean, justified and with far-reaching plans, which he did not forget. One thing is clear: the corruption branch of the Crimean authorities has become so strengthened that knocking out any link in this dominant chain threatens everyone in any way involved in the total plunder scheme of the Crimean Peninsula with fantastic trouble.

Aksenov keeps the post for the arrested official

One of the most scandalous is the case of Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Vitaly Nahlupin. He was arrested on October 17 last year in Moscow on charges of systematically taking bribes - a total of 5 million rubles. He is charged under part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation - the sanction of this article provides for imprisonment from 8 to 15 years, a hefty fine and a possible prohibition to hold office. In the case of Nakhlupin, Valentin Dukorsky, the acting Deputy Minister of Transport of the Crimea, and Yaroslav Slivka, the former Deputy Head of the Crimean Competition Policy Committee, are also accused. Accordingly, investigative actions were carried out in the committees of the competition policy and the road sector of the Crimea, the capital construction service, the companies Krymgazset and Krymenergo

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Aksenov intends to drag Nahlupin out from the Moscow detention center

We note that, as a representative of the so-called Makeev's team and advisor to late ex-Prime Minister of Crimea Vasily Dzharty since 2010, Vitaly Nakhlupin then became Head of the commission on budget and economic policy. In the Russian Crimea, he ran through the list of United Russia and was appointed to the post of Head of the Committee of Economic, Fiscal and Tax Policy. In November 2018, the court arrested the property and more than 14 million rubles owned by Vitaly Nahlupin and his family. But on December 12, the Moscow City Court overturned this arrest. At the same time, the Basmanny Court of Moscow extended the detention of Nahlupin until March 16, 2019.

In the Nahlupin case, a “petitioning” figure was Sergey Aksenov. And even if not so zealously, as in the case of Andrey Rostenko, who was arrested earlier, but quite convincingly Aksenov almost explicitly declares that the investigative actions against Nahlupin are unlikely to be completed.

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Head of Crimea Sergey Aksenov

“I will accept the personnel decision on Nahlupin only when the charges are brought to court. We must wait until the end of the investigative actions. I promise that everything will be transparent. If Nahlupin is put on trial if the process is completely open..” Aksenov repeatedly told during a press conference in Simferopol.

What does it mean? What does the head of the Crimea "fish out" of the next official caught on the crimes?


However, one of the Crimean activists, Vladimir Garnachuk, believes that Nahlupin is unlikely to 'cheer up' as Rostenko did. According to Garnachuk, the official, who is now being held in the Moscow SIZO, does not have the absolute breadth of powers of Sergey Aksenov's accomplices. 

“This is the difference between Nahlupin and Rostenko - that Aksenov, like Kadyrov, tries not to let anyone of strangers even close to regional affairs, and money. That is, he creates a financial and industrial empire based on this narrow circle of his colleagues from the 90s,” said Vladimir Garnachuk in an interview.

However, the sources of The CrimeRussia in the Crimea are confident that the case of Vitaly Nahlupin will soon follow the fate of the Andrey Rostenko's case since somehow Nahlupin was in conjunction with the Aksenov's clan. So, in the interests of the latter, after which he will be left in the old position, explaining that no criminal acts are on his record. It is for this reason that Aksenov has kept his 'bread spot' for him all this time: Vitaly Nahlupin, three months after his arrest, continues to be on the list of deputy prime ministers of the Republic of Crimea, published on the official website of the Council of Ministers of Crimea.

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The arrested official is still keeping the position of Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea

The secret disappearance of the architect

“Missing more than a month ago. No one is looking for Edem Karimov, the Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Architecture of the Yalta administration,” a Crimean public man and a resident of Yalta, Sergey Sardyko reported on his Facebook page.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Crimea, Edem Karimov left his workplace on November 28, 2018, and his whereabouts are unknown to date: that day, allegedly complaining of back pain, he called an ambulance, he was discharged from hospital until December 5, after which no one saw him, and the calls to him and his wife did not produce any results: their phones were turned off.

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The chief architect of Yalta mysteriously disappeared on the eve of the adoption of the scandalous General Plan   

“At first, they lied about him being at the hospital, and then they reported that the fugitive had reportedly sent on December 20 a letter of resignation, and on December 26 the police had withdrawn this statement. So fired or not Kerimov? How long will the official investigation continue? Why not announce a premium for those who help in the search? I know one thing: Karimov repeatedly told me that it is tough for him to work with the head of the city administration of Yalta, Alexey Chelpanov, and he wants to leave work,” said Sergey Sardyko.

“Until December 5, Kerimov was officially on sick leave, but he did not return to work after this date. Where is Karimov now, it is unknown. He does not contact me. We hope that our colleague is doing well ... Karimov wrote a statement asking him to dismiss on his own will in connection with the family circumstances. It came by registered mail from Simferopol, the application was signed on December 10,” Alexey Chelpanov commented in turn. 

In December, the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Crimea published information on the search for the chief architect of Yalta, Edem Kerimov.

"The location of citizen Edem Seit-Ibrahimovich Karimov, born on 12/27/1986 in Chirchik, Tashkent region of the Uzbek SSR, registered in Simferopol, who left the Department of Architecture of Yalta in an unknown direction and has not returned until now, is to be established," the message stated.

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Eden Karimov was wanted    

32-year-old Edem Karimov began his professional career in the Bakhchsarai district, where he headed the department for architecture, urban planning, land and property relations, capital construction and outdoor advertising of the administration of the Bakhchsarai district. It is worth noting that in April 2017, the ex-Mayor of Yalta, Andrey Rostenko, appointed Edem Kerimov as his adviser on architecture. A year later, Karimov took the position of deputy head of the city department of architecture and urban planning, where he served as head of the department. Rostenko praised Kerimov very much and asked his subordinates to assist in his work. Alexey Chelpanov called Kerimov, a professional in his field. 

What happened to the Yalta architect? After the arrest of Andrey Rostenko, law enforcement officers seized documents in the administration of Yalta. After Vice-Premier Vitaly Nahlupin was detained in October of the same year, the offices of Chelpanov and his deputies were again searched, during which the security forces seized documents and equipment. The source of The CrimeRussia reported that the town-planning documentation with the signatures of Karimov, interested the auditors since the topic of illegal construction of the South Coast and Yalta became the talk of the town hall and acquired the status of criminal cases. Therefore, on November 28, Edem Karimov disappears, and five days later, on December 3, local deputies adopt a development strategy until 2030, as well as a new master plan for the city, in the development of which Karimov took part.

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Head of Yalta City Administration Alexey Chelpanov

“At least it’s suspicious that he and his wife are missing. I do not exclude that they could leave the territory of the Republic of Crimea. Maybe they went to another region,” Alexey Chelpanov clarifies the situation, entirely excluding that his subordinate could have been abducted or killed.

By the way, at this time on the official website of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Administration of Yalta, the Head of the Department is Elena Orlinskaya, and Dmitry Dervinis is her deputy. The data of Eden Seit-Ibraimovich Kerimov were also removed from the search of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Republic of Crimea. But where the architect is - is still unknown. A source from Yalta told The CrimeRussia that Kerimov had already been found: he is alive, healthy and is outside the peninsula since neither he nor his “bosses” are willing to bear responsibility for violations regarding commercial development Great Yalta.

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