ALUSHTA (QHA) -

Enver Arpatly, Head of Alushta Regional Mejlis, has been dismissed as Deputy Mayor of Alushta City Council. The news has been confirmed to QHA by Mr Arpatly himself.

QHA previously contacted Alushta City Council’s Reception for comments on Arpatly’s likely dismissal and was told that Enver Arpatly, Deputy Mayor of Alushta City Council, was on an extended vacation. When asked if Enver Arpatly would still work in his position after the vacation is over, the reception clerk replied: ‘Most likely, not’.

QHA was able to find out that all interethnic matters at Alushta City Council are currently being handled by Emil Mezhitov, Head of Department for Interethnic Relations. Enver Arpatly also confirmed to QHA that he is pushing for Ruslan Balbek, Vice-Premier of the Crimean Government, and Zaur Smirnov, Head of the State Committee for Interethnic Relations, to step down.

On his Facebook page, the former Deputy Mayor posted a comment by Guliver Altin, the founder of the Crimean Museum of History, which says:

“Ruslan Balbek and Zaur Smirnov must tender their resignations for failing to ensure a policy of interethnic appeasement, aggravation of intercultural communication and non-preservation of national cultures in the Republic of Crimea”.

Arpatly backed up Altin’s statement by saying:

“I second that! The incompetence displayed by these two individuals is detrimental to the Republic. I can add that the implementation of the federal program has also been disrupted!”

Enver Arpatly, Head of Alushta Regional Mejlis, was appointed Deputy Mayor of Alushta City Council in June 2014. He was also responsible for public utilities and interethnic relations.

It is worth mentioning that prior to working for Russian authorities in Crimea, Arpatly, just like Zaur Smirnov, Head of the State Committee for Interethnic Relations, and other Mejlis representatives, was supportive of Ukraine. Both Russian officials took part in a rally in support of territorial integrity of Ukraine held outside the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea on February 26, 2014.

QHA