The occupied Crimea will always be on subsidies, according to the leader of the Crimean Tatars, the Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine for Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev.

He noted that a significant part of the subsidies from Russia goes to the military infrastructure on the annexed peninsula.

"The Crimea will always be on subsidies. According to estimates by Russian economists themselves, about 3 billion, and possibly 5 billion dollars annually. Though, the bulk of this budget money is being stolen, and much of it goes to military infrastructure," he said.

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people stressed that at the moment the average salary of Crimeans is lower than in Ukraine, and prices are higher. As a result of this, people "found themselves in a miserable position".

Dzhemilev said that the death rate on the annexed peninsula has significantly increased.

“The death rate has increased very much, and this concerns us a lot. Already official Russian sources say that the death rate exceeds the birth rate by 33%, and for the first time the death rate among women exceeds the death rate among men. The majority of deaths from cardiovascular diseases, especially among Crimean Tatars. People simply cannot stand such mockery, such moral and physical terror," he noted.

At the same time, the number of Russians in the occupied Crimea has increased dramatically, and the number of ethnic Ukrainians decreased.

“According to the census it turns out that the number of Russians for some reason increased dramatically, ethnic Ukrainians were 24%, and now they show 15%. If we believe this statistics, it turns out that around 280 thousand ethnic Ukrainians left the Crimea, but in fact, it is not quite true. Most likely, the same phenomenon took place here like that after the Holodomor, when many Ukrainians understood that they were being killed only because they were Ukrainians, so called themselves Russians," Dzhemilev believes.

In addition, the RF has brought many of its citizens from all regions of the country to the annexed Ukrainian peninsula. Their expectations have not materialized, but they can not return to Russia any more.

"They also bring a lot of their population from the interior regions of Russia, but those who are brought in are not very happy either. What they receive in the Crimea does not meet their expectations: they were promised, apparently, a more rosy picture. And they can not go back, because there is no longer that housing that they had left there, the job they had quit. Nobody waits for them back, and they were taken hostage by their king," Mustafa Dzhemilev says.

Earlier, Mustafa Dzhemilev noted that the indigenous population of the occupied Crimea, in particular the Crimean Tatars, is forced to leave the peninsula and people from Russia are massively brought in the Crimea instead of them. About 20-25 thousand Crimean Tatars left the occupied peninsula.

Source: Voice of America