Crimeans are tired of the impossibility to normally use mobile phones in the annexed peninsula, since subscribers in Crimea are being served by the roaming network. So, to Russian citizens, the captured peninsula is abroad and vice versa.
In this regard, the "deputy of the Simferopol City Council," Stepan Kiskin, sent an open letter to Russian President, asking him to provide the mobile operators with radio frequencies to operate in the occupied peninsula, according to Kiskin's press service.
They also attached to it the response letters from Megaphone, VimpelCom and MTS companies, where the operators say they will not work in the territory of Crimea.
“The residents from all over the peninsula turn to me, as a deputy of the Simferopol City Council of the Republic of Crimea, asking when the leading Russian mobile operators will cease to be cowards being afraid of the international sanctions, and start working on the territory of Crimea. In response to my parliamentary inquiries to PJSC MegaFon, PJSC VimpelCom and PJSC MTS I received the runaround letters (attached), indicating that these mobile operators are not going to work in the territory of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol. This means that Crimeans and guests of the peninsula will continue to suffer from poor quality of mobile communication, operating now in the region,” reads the appeal.
Also Kiskin asked Putin to initiate the adoption of a law that would oblige the operators to work on the peninsula.
Just a reminder: The largest mobile operators do not provide services in Crimea. They attribute this to the lack of funds and difficult economic situation, but the main reason is their reluctance to get under the international sanctions that could hurt any company operating in the Russian- annexed Crimea.