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Crimea adapting itself to life in Russian Federation

April 03, 2014, 16:45 UTC+3 Temeryova Yulia
© ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze

SIMFEROPOL, April 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Republic of Crimea is actively adapting itself to the life in the Russian Federation. Novelties arising from the adaptation of the peninsular region to existence and functioning withinin Russia embrace virtually all spheres, from social and economic aspects to various regulations.

Reference books on legislative acts are among the most highly demanded commodities these days. The collections of codices, handbooks on legal and financial issues, various regulatory acts on how to run small businesses, and guidelines for requalification of personnel are selling like hot cakes.

Bookstores have been flooded with buyers after the referendum where more than 95% respondents voted in favor of the region’s reunification with Russia. The salespeople are compiling long lists of customer orders, holding talks with suppliers, and readjusting the amounts of purchase orders.

Irina Germanenko, the main executive at the Bukvatoriya bookstore told ITAR-TASS that orders for books “from the continental mainland” are placed by telephone in a never-ending stream. “The customers are buying in big numbers the maps of Russia, the state symbols, Putin’s portraits, and the Russian Constitution,” she said.

The lines of people standing to the cash desks have not been seen here since the Soviet era. “We have just enough time for accepting the newly delivered goods, and we see almost right away it’s been sold out, and we have to order a new consignment,” Germanenko said.

A lot of products in Crimea are purely Russian already, especially after the arrival of 298 columns of trucks with more than 1,600 tons of humanitarian aid aboard. The cargo consisted of foodstuffs, medicines and building materials.

Alexander Drobyshevsky, a spokesman for the Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense (EMERCOM) said another two caravans of trucks are about to arrive. One of them was consigned by an EMERCOM rescue center in Noginsk near Moscow and will bring 60 units for Crimea’s firefighting service and 10,000 copies of the EMERCOM newspaper Spasatel.

The other caravan started from the city of Lipetsk, some 450 km to the south of Moscow. It is loaded with 90 tons of foodstuffs.

EMERCOM is eyeing the possibility of organizing two more caravans of trucks, one from Ulyanovsk on the Volga River and the other from Smolensk in western Russia.

Redenomination of the wages and salaries of workers at budget-receiving institutions in Russian rubles has already been translated into practice. Money is transferred through the treasury of Sevastopol to the two authorized banks, the Black Sea Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Morskoi (Maritime) bank.

Allowances, retirement benefits and pensions are paid in rubles via the Sevastopolpochta postal company.

The situation will get easier after the re-registration of two formerly Ukrainian subdivisions of Sberbank and VTB bank located in Sevastopol.

The Federal Tax Service has begun registration of new legal entities and self-employed businessmen in line with Russia’s legislation. An inter-regional inspection for the Crimean Federal District has been set up.

The Russian Interior Ministry has opened the websites for two of its new divisions - the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Crimea and the Department of the Interior Ministry for Sevastopol.

The Federal Service for Regulating the Market of Alcoholic Beverages has rounded up the licensing of all the 76 Crimean companies producing alcohol. The campaign took only two weeks and now they can trade with the entire Russia.

Standing next in line is introduction of the unified federal automated information system for accounting the alcohol-containing produce.

The Agriculture Ministry is organizing the delivery of highly competitive Russian fertilizers that will replace the uncompetitive Ukrainian fertilizers in Crimea. In addition, all farmers in the region will be embraced by a state program for support of small economic units, for which the government has earmarked 8.4 billion rubles (around $236.23 million at the current exchange rate).

The Ministry of Education and Science has been told by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to create enough places for children in kindergartens over the next two years, and for this purpose it is ready to allocate 50 billion rubles (around $ 1.41 billion).

The federal ministries of finance and justice are scrutinizing the mechanisms for delegating the powers of federal agencies to the agencies of power in Crimea. The process will be completed by April 15.


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