Yuriy BUDKIN: This s radio station “Govorit Moscva”. Today, Wednesday, March 30. My name is Yuriy Budkin. This is the program “Pidzhaki”. Today our guest is Georgiy Muradov, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea, permanent Presidential representative of Crimea and the Vice-President of the Russian Association of international cooperation. Good afternoon.
MURADOV: Good afternoon.
Yuriy BUDKIN: First of all let’s talk about today’s news. Here is the statement of the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukaev, who said that in the odd come shortly he will hold a meeting in Simferopol about the implementation of the Federal target program for development of Crimea. He said that this target program is facing some serious problems. How can you explain this?
MURADOV: In fact, the Federal target program is a key issue for today’s development of Crimea, for its normal and full integration into social and economic life of the Russian Federation. The money has been allocated from the state budget, as you know, about 650 billion rubles, for the next five years, until 2020. And a big part of these funds will be used for construction of the Kerch bridge, i.e. a bridge across the Kerch Strait. Is about 220 billion rubles. Of course, such a large program is unique for Russian Federation. There were not In our recent history such large budgeting and realization of such ambitious targets as we are going to carry out in the Crimea
As you know, there was a Ministry of the Crimea before. Last year it was liquidated. And all documents associated with projects under the Federal targeted program, now are overseen by the Ministry of economic development. It is very good that the Minister will hold a meeting in the Crimea, because there are simple, real and objective difficulties related to the fact that the volume of tasks is so great that the Republic of Crimea and the new officials in the Republic of Crimea, ] (there are only 26 people involved in this program) can’t handle huge number of objects — hundreds of them — to prepare and produce relevant documentation. So we need to unite the efforts of the Federal center and of the Republic of Crimea for realizing this program.
Actually it looks not so tragic. About 60% of the funds for this year, in 2016, have already been allocated and they will be implemented. It’s more than 500 facilities in Crimea, including very large objects (roads, for example), including small objects (kindergartens, social facilities, repair of buildings, housing and communal services and so on). Therefore it will be implemented by joint efforts.
I suppose that is absolutely correct, that attention of the Russian society is focused today on the Crimea. Crimea is in focus, as they say. Because only organized we will be able to complete the tasks that stand for the next few years to transform the Crimea, first of all, from a subsidized region into a donor region, and secondly, of course, to solve the problem of realization of the Federal target program, to start the free economic zone in Crimea and turn it as we would like to in an exemplary subject of the Russian Federation.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Even Ulyukaev spoke today about “special” and “vexed sharp” (is a quote) the problem of registration of land rights in Crimea. I understand that any problem can be resolved only resolving this one. What’s the problem?
MURADOV: Is known.
Yuriy BUDKIN: There are not enough people?
MURADOV: No. Our Ukrainian so-called friends-neighbors took all registries, land registries registers of properties and took away with them, leaving the Republic without this documentation. We are forced to do everything frim the ground up. This work in the Crimea is already nearly completed in Crimea. Indeed without this it would be very difficult to work, because the plot allocated for a particular purpose, sudden is owned or part is owned by other individuals or entities. But now this problem has almost been resolved, and we can move forward.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Two years the Crimea is a part of the Russian Federation means two years of work Crimean officials under Russian rules, because many officials continue working. Ipatiy asks: “Is ir needed to change the leadership of the Crimea?” What the practice has shown?
MURADOV: Of course no one will change all the leadership of the Crimea. They are the residents of Republic. They had risen in revolt. Crimean spring is the work of their hands, minds, moods, their will and so on. How is it possible to change? To land troops? Such things do not happen.
But we must understand that the Crimea is not in a simple but in special conditions. No one region of Russia is not just in sanctions but in a brutal blockade. When sabotage actions (I would say, with elements of terrorism) are conducted, for example, power lines are disrupted, and the whole Republic, 2.5 million people (including the other subject of the Federation — the city of Sevastopol) are deprived of electricity, because 80% of the supply were from the Ukraine. When North-Crimean canal is stopped and the water does not flow. The dependence of the Crimea was. also over 70%. No one subject of the Federation does not live in such conditions.
Moreover, the most severe sanctions are declared. Our so-called Western partners announced that is not possible to visit Crimea, to touch at a port, to use the airport. Even the Crimean if in their passports is written that it was issued in the Republic of the Crimea, are not allowed in EU countries, USA and a number of Western countries that have joined the sanctions. In these conditions the consolidation of our society is very important.
I can to say that the third year we live in conditions when Crimea reunited with Russia… We were told at first: “Well, now the big business – corporations, banks will get a sense how to act correctly here.” The third year they are understanding and are not going to work in the Crimea. Essentially, understanding that Crimea is our, if you want, Stalingrad, this is our greatest project, it’s our battle for the Russian world, these people are engaged in desertion and leave the field of battle.
Yuriy BUDKIN: These conditions don’t point that, for example, it would to lead the Crimea in something special way? For example directly from Moscow. No?
MURADOV: Do we have such form of rule? Does the Constitution provides that? Where from can be these suggestions?
Yuriy BUDKIN: People ask: if there are the special conditions, can such a new form be invented?
MURADOV: That’s Right, the new forms must be invented. But I believe that the leadership of the Crimea is completely consolidated and is capable of leading. The fact is that we should encourage the business community, financial institutions and any institutions to work in the Crimea. You see, it turns out that our corporations, banks and other financial structures…
I even exemplify. As a legation (we are the Moscow legal entity) in the Republic of Crimea we cannot exemplify with any mobile phone provider. As soon as they see the Republic of Crimea, all of our “Megaphones”, “Bilines” and others refuse to sign an agreement with us. Do you understand? And the others corporations? And banking? Foreign investors come to us. They ask: “What big banks work here? Well, name at least one of the TOP 10.” What shall we answer?
Yuriy BUDKIN: But corporations somehow…
MURADOV: You say “initiate the leaders”. At first it is necessary to initiate the normal work of all our economic structures and focus power for work in the Crimea. They don’t do. They are hidden under the submerged stump, like there is no Crimea. Who are we trying to put a con on?
Yuriy BUDKIN: Roman is asking… This is not about corporations, it is a private question. You say that the main issues about the land are already solved. He asks: “Now is possible to buy the land in the Crimea?”
MURADOV: Of course, as in any subject of the Russian Federation, it is possible to buy the land. The legislation is one for the whole country.
Yuriy BUDKIN: A resident of Kharkov is asking you to tell about the pros and cons of living in the Crimea without Ukraine.
MURADOV: I can say that the people of Crimea now live freely, and no one does not dictate what language to speak, and why on various educational sites, educational institutions, mass media should be the line in support of Bandera as a hero (Crimea?), these aspiring fascists. Today Crimeans as Russians feel themselves in a completely different world — they feel at home.
Actually, the Crimea today gives an example for the whole Ukraine how can be resolved the issues of national minorities in a democratic way. In particular, in the Crimea, although there are 15% and 13% of Ukrainian and Crimean-Tatar people, their languages are recognized as official and they have an official status. Therefore, there is a system of education in these languages, there and the media, and there is the participation of representatives of these national minorities in all levels of power structures, in legislative, executive, judicial, and so on. So we want to show and offer Ukraine to proceed the same way in each region with respect to our national minorities — Russian people, who are millions in Ukraine. The government is doing all for not provide such opportunities, that are stem from European conventions on national minorities and national minority languages.
Yuriy BUDKIN: And what about salaries and pensions…
MURADOV: About feelings of citizens in Crimea. The first feeling (you can ask any Crimean) they managed to get away from big trouble, from the war, which was carried by the so-called “trains of friendship”: the militants of “Right sector”, that was going on Crimean territory to suppress any uprisings against so-called illegal change of power in Kiev, or simply anti-constitutional coup that happened there. Therefore, the peacekeeping is a major achievement. And, of course, compared with the living standards in Ukraine, quality of life in Crimea today is almost two times higher than the current quality of life in Ukraine
Yuriy BUDKIN: And quality of life in Russia. On average. How close is the Crimea to it?
MURADOV: Not yet. The Crimea lost at this part. I think the quality of life in Crimea is 30-40% lower than in Russia on average. But within the next one to two years Crimea will go to the middle level. I think it has all the prospects to exceed the average level and become closer to the best regions, which have, so to speak, the lace-curtain society.
Yuriн BUDKIN: We have an SMS: “Often go in the Crimea. A big minus is the absence of ATMs of Sberbank”.
G.MURADOV: I was talking about it.
Yuriy BUDKIN: “And the connection still as in roaming”.
MURADOV: And about it.
Yuri BUDKIN: And you also talked about it. “And petrol is expensive to madness”. It’s all because of this?
MURADOV: The petrol must be brought in from mainland Russia, because Crimea now exists in the form of Island. This is Ukraine’s attempt to punish all the people because they voted and made their choice in favor to save the peace and be with their historical Motherland — Russia.
Yuriy BUDKIN: People are asking about the history of the company “Stroygazmontazh” and the construction of an amusement park. What do you know about this?
MURADOV: I know nothing about Stroygazmontazh” and the amusement park.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Okay. Then the next. Is about the bridge. You say that the petrol must be brought in and generally there are problems to bring goods, to bring people to the territory of Crimea.
MURADOV: No, is not a problems. The passage that really became impaired the first year, works now stably. About a dozen ships are involved. They carry out these transitions and provide goods and people on a full scale. Many vacationers come through the passage, particularly in summer and autumn. So everything is working. But it is just costs.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Well, at least there are not questions with the costs?
MURADOV: What do you mean? The question is not clear for me.
Yuriy BUDKIN: There is a talk about… Look, a simple a Turkish cargo ship crashed into a pillar of the temporary bridge, and people started to speak: “And will they build the permanent one? Look, what the problems are.” Do you understand why do the people worry?
MURADOV: I understand preoccupation about safety issues, in particular of the transport passage. Of course, this safety will be provided with all forces, including the military component, including the component of security services. If a ship crash in one pile, it does not will affect the bridge and its stability. I think that this will be not the only one transport transition.
Yuriy BUDKIN: All the same bout this transportation transition. The question anyway arises: why is was not built before? All previous bridges were washed out. Are we sure that the bridge will work?
MURADOV: You know, when the Crimea became part of Ukraine all traffic between Taman and the Crimea was minimal. If one frail and half full passage boat went a day… Well maybe two. In the summer a little bit more. There were not a good transport connection.
The economy of the Crimea was built in a very curious way: it was completely tied, made dependent on Ukraine. You can produce agricultural products in the Crimea, and in order to process it (for ex. sunflower for sunflower oil), you need to go to the South of Ukraine and to submit your products there. There were not these productions were in Crimea, now we have to recreate it again. With such a complication on the economy of Ukraine — all profitable was in the Ukraine and the Crimea, as you know, degraded. In these conditions the crossing was not needed. Today the need is high. And, of course, the need is that the bridge will be functioned. When a transport blockade from the Ukrainian side is fully operated and all is blocked, the need for the bridge is enormous.
Yuriy BUDKIN: How can you be sure that everything is calculated and then the bridge will not be washed out?
MURADOV: Of Course is calculated. You know, there are completely different technology today. Can you compare the temporary construction, which was built in Stalin’s times, the wooden bridge? Of course, the first ice drift washed it out. This bridge is on a different level. It is impossible to compare like to compare a cart and a faster-than-sound aircraft.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Dmitry wrote to us in Telegram… How would you comment that on the shelves in stores is still a lot of Ukrainian goods?
MURADOV: I think that Ukrainian goods can get to the Crimea, but through Russia. Not directly because everything is blocked. It was not our initiative. Crimea was ready to continue to carry on business communication. They are beneficial for the population of Kherson, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhia regions that are close to the Crimea. However, the Ukrainian side has blocked, they decided to strangle the Crimea with any ways of blockade, in fact barbarous. But nevertheless some Ukrainian goods, of course, can pass through the territory of Russia. I don’t know how reliable is data of our listeners that he has seen Ukrainian products on the shelves of the Crimean shops. I haven’t seen for a long time.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Then Ilya has more recent data, he writes: “March 23-25 I was in Yalta, 25-27th in Sevastopol.” He asks: “What’s the problem? Why the Crimean hotels do not come out of the shadows? No one private hotel does not register officially and does not give payment documents.”
MURADOV: I don’t know. Let’s give this data if he has. Which hotels do this way? All hotels are functioning normally.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Everything should functioning normally. All kinds of data come about electricity. On one side at the end of the year new power lines has been opened up and they told that the problem will be solved. On the other side, there were reports that some limitations still exist. What is the reason?
MURADOV: Of course, not 100% energy demand is satisfied. We expect that by early may two more branches of the transmission lines will be built (from the Taman and the Kuban side), and then we’ll get 100% energy demand of the Republic. But if we talk about its development, we’ll need to construct new capacities. It is already in progress. Sevastopol and Simferopol electricity generating industries both are modernized. The new lines will be built and will allow to reach such a level of consumption that will develop agriculture, new industries and so on.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Afonya asked (this is an amazing question): “Many people from the Crimea complained that — according to him — that the quality of Russian products is much worse than Ukrainian, that they had”. Is this true? Whether the people of Crimea show us that we eat bad foods?
MURADOV: Actually, the certified products are absolutely guaranteed by our standards. People can have very different impression. I think that Kuban products are ten times better than Ukrainian products. Every person has his own taste preferences. My point can’t be absolute, and we can’t say: “Is it true that the Kuban products are ten times better? Or maybe eight times better than Ukrainian?” This is a survey that does not have a good answer.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Well, then about local food, about Crimean products. This year it was reported that “Krymmoloko” completely stop its activity. Then there were news about an oyster farm. What is it? Are workspaces lost?
MURADOV: “Krymmoloko” was reorganized. We assume that in the near future new farms will be constructed. It is under the investment program. They are private investors, including from Russia — Rostov region, Krasnodar krai.
Yuriy BUDKIN: This does not mean that workplaces will be less?
MURADOV: Of course, no. Outdated organization which cannot manage its tasks needs to be reorganized.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Explain a little more detailed about the Yalta forum. You complained in the first part of the program that the corporations still did not find their position, even the Russians and Russian corporations. But what do you expect from the Yalta international forum?
Mr MURADOV: We spoke about Russian corporations and banks. by the way, our foreign partners with great interest come to the Crimea. As a representative of the Council of Ministers of the Republic, responsible for international Affairs, I can say that more than 100 foreign delegations visited the Republic last year and more than half of them are representatives of business. There were, of course, representatives of political circles, deputies of different levels in foreign countries, including from countries that have declared illegal anti-Russian sanctions. There were numerous members of NGO from around the world. But the greatest activity was shown by representatives of business.
And business finds much interesting, especially due to the fact that the one in country free economic zone is established Republic of Crimea. Free economic zone is one of those magnets that attracts participants to the forum. This perspective enables a very profitable work and to our organizations, structures of Russian business, but also to foreigners. They are guide oriented in modern crisis conditions that they will be able to use actively this area to work with Eurasian Economic Union and in the first place of course, with the Russian Federation.
We expect that 14-16 April in Yalta we will have about 800 guests, including 50 to 80 foreign entrepreneurs. And on each forum (last year was the first one) we have the ability to reach new agreements on investment contracts and investment projects. A number of such projects is being prepared this year.
I hope an agreement will be signed between the Republic of Crimea and the Republic of Abkhazia, with which we maintain close partnerships. This Republic is close. On the Black sea coast there are many common issues for cooperation. There are inert matter necessary for many construction projects in Crimea, that we expect to deliver. Abkhazia has huge reserves of water, fresh fruit. So we have a great interest in cooperation with Abkhazia. And Abkhazian friends are also interested in opportunities to work with the Crimea.
Yuriy BUDKIN: In messages about the Yalta forum (it will be in mid-April) is especially underlined that maybe the representatives of the European Parliament will arrive. Particularly we are talking about a possible collaboration with the European business. Are there such opportunities?
MURADOV: Of course, there are opportunities. I primarily refer to the fact that European businesses, the business of so-called countries that have declared sanctions (sanctions countries), is not afraid to participate in collaboration with the Crimea. It’s just an absurd situation that one of the regions is declared under the sanctions, because you can organize your company or firm in any other region of Russia, and its affiliated company will work directly with Crimea. These are simple ways that are known to all businessmen. They go on this interaction absolutely quiet.
The main thing is profitability of this business. Because let’s not forget that, for example, many taxes function in the zero mode: land taxes and taxes on the property. Almost zero income tax, this is also a great tax. The unified social tax is reduced four times. And many, many others. Therefore, the profitability of production, of establishment of new enterprises in Crimea, it is very high. And this attracts business.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Does the Crimea needs the production? It’s a health resort. No?
MURADOV: The production is needed. For example, the processing of agricultural products is needed? It is. There is a special sphere of agriculture. In addition to known (vegetables, fruit, orchards, viticulture, wine and so on) there are essential oil plants. Tobacco production is advanced for the Crimea. We can talk about particular branches. If we talk about fishing is clear that canning is needed. If we talk about large construction projects, then enterprise for production of building materials are in demand. This industry is always very interesting, and it is dynamically developing in all regions where there is rapid development. So, there are those areas in which the Crimea will…
I’m not saying that there should be built some steel plants, chemical production. Although in chemistry there are also branches where the Crimea can be interesting. Not all of the Crimea is a resort area. There are serious chemical plants in Northern Crimea. For example, the plant “Crimean Soda” for the production of soda is one of the largest existing plants. “Crimea Titan” produces titanium powder, and it is also big business. There are shipyard of Kerch. Therefore, in addition to the tourist complexes, which are focuses on the Black sea coast, mainly in the South and partly on the West of Crimea – Yevpatoria, Saki, and so on, there are needs in development of the industry in Crimea.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Conversations with investors, that were held a year ago in the forum, have they already ended with real projects?
MURADOV: We have already prepared several dozens of agreements with foreign investors. There are little agreement (e.g., development of sheep breeding in the Crimea, on the development of viticulture and wine production, the recovery of wine businesses), but there are also interesting projects. It is expected that in the near future the agreements will be completed. For example, the construction of marinas with the infrastructure, the construction of new hotel complexes. About ten hotels were placed in operation over the last year and a half. There are objects of entertainment, such as the water parks. Large water parks are operating in Crimea, one was opened last year, another will be opened this to the new tourist season. These objects are interesting to our partners — both, foreign and Russian.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Today I saw a message that a military College will be on Saturday in Feodosiya (Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin wrote about this) and the issue about the restoration of the plant “More” for the needs of military shipbuilding will be considered.
MURADOV: The naval or military College?
Yuriy BUDKIN: “At a College in Feodosia the issue will be considered,” — wrote Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
MURADOV: In Crimea there are a number of defence enterprises, first of all is the sphere of shipbuilding. Crimea has a unique enterprise — Kerch plant “Zaliv”, where is a unique dry dock for the construction of very large ships. But this flotage is not for military purposes, primarily tankers, gas carriers. The length of this dock is over 300 meters and very large ships can be built there. There and such enterprises in Feodosia, in other cities, in particular in Simferopol, in Sevastopol (although this is not the Republic of the Crimea, but our closest neighbors, partners). There are enterprises of electronic industry working for defence, electrical and other enterprises.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Do they work?
MURADOV: They do. I want to say that the defence industry manifests itself as a driver (now this word fashionable) for the development of industrial production and the latest technology. This is important.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Here is the question, what are the prospects of the tourist season from the point of view of the authorities.
Absolutely positive, normal. Last year, we took 4.6 million tourists. This year we expect to increase the number of tourists by 20%.
Yuriy BUDKIN: How much more expensive it becomes?
MURADOV: It depends on the level of services. If you go to five-star hotel, there are saved prices. They are cheaper if you count in dollars and euros (in foreign currency), much cheaper, and in rubles, they are saved, of course. There is low-cost stay, there is a rest for the middle class. All to your taste, as they say. There is a children’s…
Yuriy BUDKIN: When is said that economical rest become much more expensive…
MURADOV: No, that is not so. An economical stay is a stay in a three star hotel in hotels that are not classified by the stars. There prices are almost saved. Well, may be increased 10-15% in accordance with inflation.
Yuriy BUDKIN: 276-th asked… Nowadays is talked about the fact that, the Crimea can host the Olympics in ten years. 276-th asked: “Does Crimea need it?”
MURADOV: Honestly, I hear this idea the first time. You know, we don’t have established relationships with international sports organizations. We even cannot include Crimean football teams in our Russian football championship and have own, Crimean. Maybe we will participate in the world Championships as a team of the Republic of Crimea.
Yuriy BUDKIN: 312th asks: “is it true that the gambling establishment will be restored in the Crimea?”
MURADOV: No, it is not true. Will one gambling area. Is quite far, because the Crimeans are not favorably disposed towards this kind of entertainment. But if such a gambling area will be, it would be limited on size. I thing it will to be based on one of the hotel complexes and will work primarily for foreigners. This is quite a profitable business. And in the free economic zone it has some interest for the Republic. But we are not looking for money, which arise in a gambling zone. It’s not a priority.
Yuriн BUDKIN: Iт the State Duma are discussing the possibility to grant tax deductions for tourists who travel in Crimea organized. The first question is how many are them? And secondly, do you need this idea?
MURADOV: There is a lot of organized tourists. Organization of tax deductions will increase the competitiveness of those tours that will be encouraged by deductions. In general is an useful idea. I want to say that the State Duma does good and important work — encourages tourism, but seeking forms that will break of the teeth of those who dream about the effectiveness of the sanctions policy in relation to the Crimea. In particular, we are talking about the possibility of the introduction of the trust form of business, i.e. where the beneficiary, the investor will be just “covered’ by those legal companies that will register his company in Crimea
Yuriy BUDKIN: If you are talking about quite complex, but generally understandable version of doing business, you believe that these sanctions are for a long time?
MURADOV: I believe that sanctions against Crimea will last exactly as long as our foreign organizers of sanctions will not understand that they harm them more than us, until we crack this sanctions policy by smart, deep, thoughtful actions and they will become useless. Is possible. We just have to think about economic tools, which break sanctions policy and turn it into trash. This is a job for economists.
Yuriy BUDKIN: And economic question sounds from 125th. “Why the the Government’s economic bloc regularly criticize Crimean authorities?”
MURADOV: No. I would say that the economic bloc of the Government, like any other blocks of the Government, of course, must to lead and give their recommendations and instructions of any of the governments of subjects of Federation. This is normal. Just Crimea is all the time in the focus of attention, and any phrase in the Government becomes the object of public ownership and discussion. Actually there is no unsolvable problems. The fact that we were closely watched by the Russian society is not so bad. This will correct any possible bureaucratic delays that appear in resolving any issues, especially if they involve intensive development of the territory
LISTENER: You are talking a lot about Crimean products and that soon they will be. Now there is a lot of wine from the Crimea in all shops in Moscow. I bought this your wine. It’s a water, colored with some paint, sweet. Well, this drink … I never drink! This is a first. The swindlers have always been in Crimea and your residents always lived on rent a flat. There never will be… That the population is not accustomed to work.
Yuriy BUDKIN: I understand. However, on the other hand, there is the 208th, which is satisfied with the quality, but also complains and writes: “the Crimean Cahors became more expensive almost twice”.
MURADOV: I will answer… I don’t know where from is he, from Moscow or from other regions. You have to ask trade in where they took this “wine”. Crimea does not produces such ones. Come to Crimea and drink wine there, walk around the wineries. Although swindler in our country there is so much that make you such wine and such products… And it can be issued for Crimea, from the far East, they can offer you to drink wines from the Arctic ocean. It has no relation to the real Crimea and to the people who work in the Crimea.
What about accommodation in the tourism sector, which is not organized hotel farms. In my opinion, it only helps people. For example, my relatives who live in the Krasnodar krai come with pleasure and rent a room in the private sector and rest on the beach for little money. I do not see this anything bad.
Yuriy BUDKIN: But rising cost for Crimean wine? Why?
MURADOV: As all products… How many percent rose cost of the products in the Russian Federation over the past year?
Yuriy BUDKIN: In different ways. Serious got up.
MURADOV: Serious got up. That’s all you see… But Crimean wine has become very popular for export. In dollars and euros it cheapened. For example, the countries of South-East Asia, show great interest in purchasing the Crimean wines and find them very tasty and healthy.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Won’t this mean that eventually all Crimean wine will be delivered somewhere in Taiwan?
MURADOV: No, of course, we will not give all the wine. But if people will offend the Crimean wine, as one of the listeners (the Crimeans, of course, heard it), I think many will say, “It is Better to sell somewhere in Vietnam, in Laos, in Cambodia or in Thailand than here such consumers.”
Yuriy BUDKIN: The listener is asking does the plant “Fiolent” work.
MURADOV: Yes, the plant works and produces a…
Yuriy BUDKIN: Where are the production? He says that does not see on sale.
MURADOV: I even have the catalogs here. If he is interested, please can contact our office.
Yuriy BUDKIN: So, if one wants, he can find?
MURADOV: Yes. I can give the number of representation office. He can appeal and get catalogs of “Fiolent” production.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Julia writes: “I Bought a Cabernet and I really liked it. All depends on point of view. I spent my childhood in Sevastopol”. She likes Crimea.
LISTENER: Good afternoon. Alexander, Moscow. Under the brand of Crimean wines are sold many forgeries.
MURADOV: Yes, I agree.
LISTENER: I wanted to ask if there is an understanding that next time it will be a Turkish cargo ship loaded with explosives? Is there an understanding that it is necessary for a hundred years every day to guard military boats all constructing bridge?
MURADOV: You know, this applies throughout Russia. We live now in difficult conditions. We protect our country and increase vigilance. The Security Council worked under it. Of course, there is understanding. Of course, none of our enemies will not be allowed and will not allow them to conduct terrorist operations.
Yuriy BUDKIN: Then the last question: “When it is planned that it will be possible to come to Crimea across the bridge?”
MURADOV: The end of 2018 is the completion of the construction of the bridge. So from 2019 come in the Crimea on the way!
Yuriy BUDKIN: Georgiy Muradov, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea and permanent Presidential representative of Crimea. Thank you!
MURADOV: Thank you. Success!