Russia's 6 million tourist claim contradicts water shortage narratives in Crimea

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
05 May 2021, 19:10
Canan Kevser
05 May 2021, 19:10

Russia's aim of welcoming 6 million tourists to occupied Crimea for this summer appears to be a contradictory claim since the current situation in the peninsula is not convenient for tourists due to the drastic water shortage.

Leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev said this in an interview with Ukrainian news site Obztravatel published on Tuesday.

He asserted that the Russians are exacerbating the freshwater problem themselves.

It is unclear what occupiers will provide for tourists to drink

"The situation in Crimea is currently not very convenient for tourists. First of all, trouble due to lack of water. They [occupation athorities] always complain about the lack of water, but at the same time, they claim about 5-6 million tourists to come. What they will give them to drink is not clear," Dzhemilev said.

For some reason, he says, Russia is constantly driving its tourists there, offering discounts on tickets, etc. Occupiers need such offers as a"window dressing" to prove that everything is supposedly fine with tourism in Crimea. But as for the welfare of tourists, many come with their own products, he said.

Dzhemilev insisted that there is enough water for the local population in Crimea, but it is being used irrationally.

"Dozens of new artesian wells have now been dug. Due to active operation, no drinking water flows into them. Then these wells are closed, and occupiers begin to dig elsewhere. And so it continued throughout the Crimea," he explained.

Mustafa Dzhemilev emphasised that the "maximum price" that Putin must pay for water is nothing more but the liberation of Crimea.