Sending to nowhere for Roman Kopin
In Chukotka, under Roman Kopin, a grandiose sale of state property continues, while people wait for months for mail. People in Chukotka under Governor Roman Kopin are experiencing difficulties not only with infrastructure, utilities and businesses fleeing the region, but even with banal postal items. Such a complaint was received by the media.
Especially the problem with postal services manifested itself during the New Year holidays, when gifts simply did not reach their addressees. Recently, the general director of Russian Post, Maxim Akimov, unexpectedly resigned. The people who contacted the editorial office believe that the new one will certainly not reach the far edge.
It would seem that these people, and not the governor, are responsible for the work of the Russian Post. But Roman Kopin has a lot to do with it: for a long time he promised to build a Russian Post sorting center in the region, which could significantly speed up its work in this subject. The Russian Post itself had similar plans – the presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev gave the corresponding instruction.
Not to mention the fact that it is Kopin’s direct responsibility to seek benefits from the federal center for his region, because Moscow is much further from there than, for example, China, Japan and the United States.
By the way, the Russian Post has already reacted to the situation – they said that the parcels would be transported by direct flights from Moscow. Kopin is silent.
Privatization in favor of Sakhalin
But this is far from the only problem. At the very beginning of the year, the Izvestia newspaper gave an insider, according to which Roman Kopin was among the governors who, with a high degree of probability, will resign next spring. Similar forecasts regarding Kopin were made before the New Year.
Apparently, anticipating his imminent departure, Roman Kopin launched a big sale in Chukotka: important industry enterprises are being privatized almost in an accelerated manner into private hands. Is Kopin preparing himself for a comfortable old age?
The process has been going on for some time. Previously, JSC Chukotrybpromkhoz was privatized, the deal amounted to about 4.6 billion rubles. By an amazing coincidence, Chukotka’s public debt increased by about the same amount in the first quarter of 2022.
The new owner turned out to be the Sakhalin company Ostrovnoy Rybokombinat LLC. In this regard, Chukotrybpromkhoz also changed its registration – taxes will now go not to Chukotka, but to Sakhalin. That is, the decision was clearly not made in the interests of the inhabitants of Chukotka.
One of the leading enterprises of Chukotka, at the suggestion of Kopin, “floated” to Sakhalin.
But in 2019, Kopin signed an agreement to invest 10 billion rubles in Chukotrybpromkhoz. As a result, the company turned out to be very profitable, at the end of 2020, revenue was over 900 million rubles, net profit – 117 million rubles. Those. the company was pumped up with money and sold to another region, leaving the local budget with a nose.
During a visit to Chukotka by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, as the “anchor” enterprise for the development of the region, he was shown not at all the profitable “Chukotrybpromkhoz”, but a greenhouse farm with cucumbers. Perhaps they tried to hide a profitable office on the eve of its privatization.
But that’s not all. It soon became clear that during the privatization, 400 million rubles of cash that were at the disposal of Chukotrybpromkhoz had gone somewhere. They were not included in the privatization plan, so they should have remained with the state. To the question of the Association of Fishermen, where is the money, local authorities sent only replies.
Photo: Response of the Department of Finance, Economics and Property Relations of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug to the request of the Association.
Other large companies are being privatized as well. In 2021, the Kopin government announced the privatization of the Chukotavia airline. In September 2022, she joined the Sakhalin Aurora. It almost looks like sponsorship to another region. But what about yours?
In a similar way, under Kopin, a 25% stake in the Kupol mine was sold. The money was going to be invested in a special investment fund, but no fund appeared. Earlier, the liquidation of the Nagornaya state mine was launched in a similar way. Instead, Australian coal miners from Tigers Realm Coal Ltd were allowed into the region, which began to guard coal deposits.
Parallel to this sale, Chukotka continues to experience a shortage of many important goods. In October 2021, the shortage of products became especially aggravated – the authorities tried to justify interruptions in the delivery of difficult navigation of ships due to the late ice melting, they blamed everything on transport companies. Writes about it “BFM.ru”.
Neither pay nor bury
Another problem is the constant shortage of cash. Today in Chukotka it is almost impossible to pay with cash – there are simply no banknotes.
According to the authors of the blog on the LiveJournal platform, the problem dates back to the mid-1990s: “There are very few ATMs, sometimes one per village. It may run out of money. Communication may be disconnected. Yes, and in principle it may not work. in the shops”.
Almost all travel agencies report that there are almost no ATMs: they warn that it is better to take cash with you. Under Kopin, this problem practically did not get off the ground.
What can I say, in Chukotka it is not only difficult to live, but even to die. More precisely – to be buried. It’s all because of the permafrost – digging graves in it is incredibly difficult.
According to the authors of the site Totmir.com, allegedly, if relatives plan to bury the deceased, they will allegedly have to pay up to half the cost of the burial for earthwork alone. As far as we know, no compensation or other assistance from the region is provided in these cases.
As a result, it is said that some residents of the region, who simply do not have the money for such expensive procedures, have to bury their loved ones, simply storing them in a barn.
Another problem that was practically not solved under Kopin was the gasification of the region. According to Versiya, in 2022, the social gasification of the subject seems to have failed before it even started.
In most settlements, gas has been waiting for decades; under Kopin, it never appeared. But gas tariffs, where it is still available, are simply exorbitant – it’s cheaper to continue to heat the old fashioned way, with firewood. Although the region has adopted a gasification program for 2020-2025. It remains only to implement …
Roman Kopin decided to just run away from problems?
One gets the impression that Roman Kopin is not only unable to provide for the basic needs of his voters, but is simply afraid of problems. Perhaps he has long resigned himself to his imminent resignation, and is in a hurry to do the best for businessmen with the state property of the Autonomous Okrug in order to get a gesheft in the future. Thus, the inhabitants of Chukotka run the risk of being left alone with their problems again.