Russia is ready to invest money in sewage treatment plants only in the most problematic regions of the Crimea, without changing the situation as a whole, according to Igor Kobelya, a specialist in regional development, former Head of the department of the Ministry of resorts and tourism of Crimea.
“In the conditions of deficit of local budgets, residents of villages like Koktebel have only one solution, and that is to deal with the problem of sewerage independently, and the inspecting authorities can only plug unauthorized drains. Now the only way out can be financing from the federal budget," he said.
Kobelya said that the Russian Federation decided to build only six treatment facilities in the Crimea in order to "patch the most problematic holes" (districts - ed.).
“It is clear that unresolved problems will affect tourism in the most deplorable way, but it seems like Crimea is more important for Russia as a military base, rather than a resort,” the expert summed up.
Earlier, September 22, the agency Kryminform reported the closure of a single facility for sewage treatment in Koktebel under the instruction of the Federal Department for Supervision in the Sphere of Nature Management Rosprirodnadzor.
The firm, which collected and processed waste, reported pressure from the department. Officials accused LLC "Chistota" in the fact that it allegedly did not have a license. Meanwhile, local residents complain that sewage waters flooded the basement of one of the village schools and drains directly into the sea.
Reportedly, on September 24, the Sevastopol interreginal environmental protection prosecutor's office, controlled by Moscow, recorded the discharge of sewage from the Sevastopol State Unitary Enterprise Vodokanal into the Black Sea, and the Chernaya, Belbek and Baydarka rivers. "The Prosecutor's Office" filed a lawsuit in court to compel Vodokanal develop standards for permissible discharges and obtain documents stipulated by law.