Often, people with disabilities can not work or serve themselves due to limited capacity. The first-category disabled need constant care, so the state appoints a guardian, in most cases, someone from the family, who is constantly caring for them.

However, the occupation authorities deprive Crimean disabled the first category, assigning them a third, thus taking away their means of survival and the right to guardianship.

Yunus Masharipov, a Crimean Tatar, who lives in Yalta can not stay at home and take care of a disabled spouse.

When Crimea was Ukrainian, Masharipov’s wife received a pension of $ 130, and he, as the guardian received $ 140. Now, during the occupation, the Crimean Tatar receives $ 60, so in order to survive, he has to work in the construction, leaving his sick wife alone at home.

“She was registered 15 years ago due to schizophrenia. She has a congenital heart disease, and she sees badly even with glasses. And with such a bunch of diseases she is still assigned a third working category. But she is unable to work! After 2014, all the first category disabled in Crimea were abolished. And the so-called authorities revoked the guardianship, saying that people with disabilities can work,” a Yalta resident shared the problem with QHA.

After another course of treatment the wife of Yunus Masharipov had the upper airway obstruction, resulting in constant suffocation. Now she needs emergency surgery, but the family has no money for that.

Yunus appealed for help to many doctors, but he was only advised to call to a Krasnodar hospital, where they can carry out the operation on the larynx.

“Operation on the larynx is performed in St. Petersburg and Krasnodar. I called to Krasnodar, and they denied free operation,” he says.

Being hopeless, the Crimean had to apply to the officials of various ranks. But none of them could help him. He even wrote a letter to the deputies of the State Duma and appealed to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, but so far to no avail.

Masharipov bitterly recalls life in the Ukrainian Crimea, when the authorities helped people with disabilities, providing them with food, clothing and footwear.

Following the annexation in 2014 the FSB banned the activities of a nonprofit NGO, which was engaged in social assistance for low-income segment of the population and the lives of disabled people has become a torture.

“I know a lot of persons with disabilities. Over a thousand people under 35 years live in Yalta now. And their parents are afraid for their lives because of the lack of funding and cuts in social assistance for people with disabilities”, complains Yunus Masharipov.

He claims that his friends are constantly faced with the same problems like he did.

“Glaucoma is operated in Livadia hospital for 36 thousand rubles (12 thousand UAH), and it is only one eye. And my friend told me that he still has difficulty in seeing after the surgery.

And healthcare workers in Yalta take 30 thousand rubles (10 thousand UAH) for delivering a baby. Last year, 1579 children were born, so it turns out that the Yalta doctors earned 47 million rubles?” Yunus says.

He confirmed that Crimea faced the lack of health care workers, since many leave because of low wages. As a result the Crimean hospitals deal with acute shortage of surgeons and endocrinologists. According to him, most physicians go to work in private clinics.