KYIV (QHA) -

During a working trip to the Kherson region bordering with the occupied Crimea, Mustafa Dzhemilev managed to gather information about the problems of the Crimean Tatars living in the region, the IDPs.

According to Dzhemilev, the problem of issuing biometric passports to citizens is acute in the Kherson region, allegedly, some corruption schemes exist in processing the documents.

“Reportedly, some people, the so-called "runners", take up these passports for money, go in and quickly register everything. But ordinary citizens are left in the queue and told to come in a day, or even later. Well, for example, I was given such statistics, which was confirmed in the passport office: On the day they serve about 20-25 people, but at lunchtime these "runners" come with at least 20-25 passports, which are registered quickly, within an hour," Mustafa Dzhemilev said.

The Deputy went on saying that, the bodies responsible for issuing passports deny their involvement in the corruption scheme.

During the conversation with the journalist, Dzhemilev noted that Russian propaganda exerts a strong influence on the residents of Kherson region, which, of course, is a big problem.

Moreover, the People's Deputy received complaints about some Ukrainian enterprises that continue their activities in the occupied Crimea, in particular, they were talking about the factory of Dmitry Firtash "Crimean Titan". This information was confirmed to Mustafa Dzhemilev by the Head of the regional administration. However, the Energy Company Khersonoblenergo denies this information, Mustafa Dzhemilev said.

“I talked on the issue with the Anti-corruption Prosecutor. We intend to forward an official requests. I think lying would be very risky for them. They have an excuse saying that if Firtash plant is cut of the electricity, it may lead to an ecological disaster, and it will affect not only the Crimea, but the territory of the Kherson region as well. But I think these arguments are absolutely groundless, because I know that Firtash has his own generators at the plant. They are enough to provide electricity to the plant to prevent these disasters, and therefore the energy that comes from the Kherson region, if it does, is probably used only for production purposes.

Furthermore, we get information about continued supplies of raw materials like ilmenite, the plant’s main processed products. The Crimean Prosecutor  spoke about the imposed arrest, but I get information that the ships take to the open sea, where the raw materials are transferred to other ships under Russian or other flag and sent to Firtash plant. We will also work on this," Mustafa-aga promised.

The Ukrainian President's Commissioner also met with education workers in Kherson region to speak about the problems of students and entrants from the occupied Crimea in institutions of higher education on the mainland of Ukraine, as well as ways to solve them.

Next, Dzhemilev paid a working visit to the Presidential Office in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Kherson. He discussed plans for cooperation in the de-occupation of the Crimea and ways to solve the problems of Crimean migrants with the newly appointed Head of the department Boris Babin.

“This is quite an important body. Unfortunately, over three years of its existence no one has seen the results of its work. I think that now, with the appointment of a new Head of this structure, significant revival in the work of the office will be observed,” said the Commissioner for Crimean Tatars.

Mustafa Dzhemilev further noted that Ukraine and the Crimean Tatars feel support from the world community, and the issue of the occupation of the Crimea is constantly on the international agenda. The politician also shared his observation, saying that respect for the Crimean Tatar people in the world has grown due to the fact that following the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea the overwhelming majority of Crimean Tatars have remained loyal to Ukraine. In his opinion, this factor will help in de-occupation of the peninsula.

"The sanctions imposed on the aggressor country won’t be canceled, and first of all it is connected with the Crimean issue. Of course, Minsk agreements are also one of the reasons for sanctions, but the major reason is still the Crimea. Some politicians say under the Putin’s tune that sanctions against Russia should be lifted, but, fortunately, the number of such politicians does not constitute a tangible majority. The number of collaborators in Crimea among the Crimean Tatars is very small, they can be literally counted on the fingers, and such a position of the whole people is admired worldwide," Dzhemilev said.

Mustafa Dzhemilev also recalled that a group of the constitutional commission for amending section X of the Constitution of Ukraine concerning the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea starts its work in September:

“About 10 days ago we discussed this matter with the President. The President is determined to make amendments to this section. But the final decision rests not with the President, but with the parliament. I suggest we will face great difficulties at this stage. For example, the opposition will not vote, because it mainly votes by order from a neighboring country that had occupied the peninsula. Moreover, a certain misunderstanding and unrest exist in such political forces as "Radical Party" or "Self-help", who say it is not necessary to create a republic in a unitary state, that we need some kind of cultural autonomy and generally all that rubbish, we’ve been through before.”

According to Dzhemilev, the major lever of Crimea's de-occupation will be the matter of its indigenous people.

"If this had been done in time, I think the occupation would be difficult for Putin ... We have already registered a bill on the status of the Crimean Tatar people as an indigenous people of Ukraine, and if we adopt at least this law, then we will be able to make amendments to the constitution," Dzhemilev said.

On Saturday, August 26, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, the Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine for Crimean Tatar People Affairs Mustafa Dzhemilev visited the Kyiv radio studio HAYAT, which has recently started broadcasting in the Kakhov district of the Kherson region at a frequency of 103.5 FM. Internet broadcasting of HAYAT radio is available on the website of the QHA news agency.

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