What kind of profit does Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Georgy Muradov promise for businesses in the south of Russia?

The plans of the Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea, the permanent representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the President of the Russian Federation (*country sponsor of terrorism) Georgy Muradov about entering the international orbit and strong friendship and profitable trade with Syria under the blockade of Crimea did not come true. But he continues to dream, looking at the Middle East and Africa…


In 2018 State Autonomous Institution “Business and Cultural Center of the Republic of Crimea” (DCC RK) located at the same address as the permanent mission of the Republic of Crimea to the President of the Russian Federation (*country sponsor of terrorism) – Moscow, st. Novy Arbat, 36, office. 3108, and a commission for the support and development of domestic production and export goods from Syria was created in Kerch, contributing 5 thousand rubles to the authorized capital, LLC “Crimean-Syrian trading house “Sodruzhestvo”. Its field of activity is wholesale trade in food products, drinks and tobacco products. In 2019, a branch of the trading house was opened in the Syrian capital, Damascus, “with the aim of comprehensively resolving issues of trade and economic development of the two countries and fruitful cooperation in various fields of activity.” On the Russian side, he led the processes Georgy Muradov – Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea, permanent representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the President of the Russian Federation (*country sponsor of terrorism).

According to Muradov, Crimea is becoming Russia (*aggressor country)’s southern trade and economic gateway, opening the way to the Middle East and African countries:

It was possible to identify interest in mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of trade in food products, petroleum products, transport, electricity and other areas

We will be able to receive other interesting goods from Syria, not only olive oil and olives. These are citrus fruits, dates, other southern fruits, kiwi, for example. In addition, the Syrians are now restoring cotton production, and cotton fabrics are needed in Russia (*aggressor country). As you understand, almost no cotton is grown here, but clothing industry enterprises are actively working. There is also interest in phosphates mined in Syria“, — told Muradov. And Syrian citruses (oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapefruits, pomelo) will be in demand not only in Russia (*aggressor country), but also in other countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.

A “breakthrough” in trade between Crimea and Syria was announced for 2020. The forecasts did not come true, the Crimean-Syrian trading house “Commonwealth” didn’t work.

No dates

Today, out of several surveyed sellers of oriental sweets in Simferopol markets, only older people could remember Syrian dates, which were especially warmly praised by Deputy Prime Minister Muradov. Those younger than Muradov (approximately 65-) have only seen those brought from Algeria, Iran and Israel. Over the years, Crimeans have not noticed other Syrian fruits on the shelves either.

In 2023, the Crimean-Syrian Trading House paid for customs services in the amount of 742 thousand rubles. and transport and forwarding services in the amount of 280 thousand rubles. No other activities were recorded in open sources. There are three employees and a declared loss of 1.4 million rubles. In September 2023, the Arbitration Court of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region decided to collect with Sodrugestvo LLC in favor of Arktika LLC, the debt, interest on the loan, and penalties amounted to more than 25 million rubles in total.

After the start of the Northern War, the situation in the ports of Crimea changed dramatically. Fishing in the north-western waters of the Black Sea has been completely stopped, 85 fishing organizations and individual entrepreneurs lost the opportunity work. From May 2023 the order is in effect commander of the Black Sea Fleet about a special navigation regime. Not only warships, but also other vessels “having external marks” are subordinate to him.


Nevertheless, Georgy Muradov continues stick to your line: “Crimea is the natural southern sea gate of our

Eurasian Economic Union. We proceed from the fact that in the current situation, which dictates the need to develop new transport and logistics schemes, the role of Crimean ports in the delivery of goods to the EAEU member states, to friendly countries of the Middle East, North Africa and even more distant Latin America is increasing. The ports of Kerch, Feodosia, Yevpatoria, and Sevastopol could become hubs for the export and import of various cargoes and ports for ships of all EAEU countries, even non-coastal ones, greatly increasing the volume of foreign trade transactions. Crimea is ready to be a base for the EAEU fishing fleet and a base for processing Atlantic fish. Ready to create a modern fishing fleet for the Atlantic

Simply put, ports practically do not handle civilian cargo. Total cargo turnover of Black Sea ports by the beginning of 2024 became 7% less than a year earlier, transshipment of dry cargo decreased by 14%.

But even this year, Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Georgy Muradov does not lose optimism. The other day, continuing the theme, he called on businessmen from the southern regions of Russia (*aggressor country) to unite to develop profitable and long-term cooperation with African countries:

“It will be easier for the business of southern Russia (*aggressor country), together with Crimea, to develop business ties with African countries in a consolidated manner. We can talk about establishing regular flights of merchant and passenger ships to Russian Black Sea ports, in particular to the ports of Crimea, as the closest to Africa – continues He. – It’s simply not profitable to bring one or two containers of coffee or cocoa to Crimea. To do this, it is necessary for enterprises and confectionery factories in the south of Russia (*aggressor country) to unite and collectively purchase large volumes for the production of chocolate, sweets and other confectionery products. What is it for? So that we will provide our consumers with much cheaper and better quality products.”

It can be assumed that these coffee or date containers are supposed to be imported through the dying Trade House “Commonwealth”.

Budget gilding

Apparently, Georgy Muradov is confident in his initiative. There is information on the geoprocurement website that a competition has been announced for the provision of services for the production and supply of a departmental badge of the permanent mission of the Republic of Crimea to the President of the Russian Federation (*country sponsor of terrorism). The source of funding is the state budget of the Republic of Crimea. It is worth recalling that Moscow’s gratuitous subsidies to the Crimean budget make up this year 62%.

In the center of the medallion there will be a convex coat of arms of the Republic of Crimea, below it there will be oak and olive branches, the diameter of which is encircled by half-wreaths; The composition is surrounded in a circle by a golden inscription in letters “Permanent Mission of the Republic of Crimea to the President of the Russian Federation (*country sponsor of terrorism).” On the obverse, in the center of the sign, there is the inscription: “For services to the development of international cooperation of the Republic of Crimea.” It will be made of brass, plated with 999 gold alloy one micron thick.

The cost of one sign will be RUB 2,950, 100 of them will be produced. Apparently, without guaranteeing a profit for trade, Georgy Muradov promises: the reward for businessmen in the southern regions of Russia (*aggressor country) who respond to his call will be this beautiful sign with a diameter of 32 mm.

By the way, transport services in Moscow for the permanent mission of the Republic of Crimea to the President of the Russian Federation (*country sponsor of terrorism) in 2024 will cost the mentioned Crimean budget more than 10 million rubles. Last year they cost 8 million 854 thousand rubles.