Kremlin Games. Raiding at the state level

In the spring of 2017 Ukraine completely lost control over enterprises in the occupied territories of Donbass due to their raider capture of the Russian occupying forces.

Starting March 1, in the so-called “LNR/DNR” introduced “temporary administration” on the 43 Ukrainian companies, located in uncontrolled territory, what happened after the rejection by the government of Ukraine put forward by the separatists ultimatum on the withdrawal of the transport blockade of quasi-States.

According to Russian President Putin, “no, no one was taken, there (in Ukrainian enterprises) temporarily introduced external control”, — he said. Press Secretary of Russian President Peskov also hastened to declare that “Moscow is ready to affect the LC and the DNI in the case of removal of the blockade by Kiev.”

“Spin or grandiose nationalization” of Ukrainian companies was so staged and led by Moscow, the mother see did not even bother to take minimal steps to cover up the explicit involvement. Instead, the leading metallurgical enterprise in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions were immediately sent to the Russian representatives with a very “plausible” goal is to improve the supply of products to the Russian Federation for its further re-export, as produced on the territory of Russia. According to calculations of the Moscow strategists, such a scheme should have been allowed to circumvent economic sanctions.

And then, as they say, away we go: the Ministry of economic development “republics” began to negotiate with Moscow the issue of obtaining a “new old” enterprises preferential margins on the import of goods into the territory of Russia on a duty free basis. In addition, the self-proclaimed Republic began to study the question of minimizing the costs for enterprises to reduce production costs, increase competitiveness on the “external market” and search for other markets. Planned the establishment on the basis of the seized enterprises oriented to the Russian market of metallurgical and energy holding.

A further scheme “restart honestly pressed property” had become more prosaic and today is the purposeful artificial bankruptcy of companies with their further transfer under the control of Russian corporations. As a result, about 70% of the “nationalized” enterprises have stopped their production activities, there are mass releases of workers.

Not to mention that in the same Transnistria, the Russians had to fork over tens of millions of dollars to obtain from the Transnistrian elite control over some of the key industrial sites in the region, in particular MOLDPRES. Apparently today nobody wants to pay, but with the business sagacity of the latter-day Donetsk and Luhansk leaders clearly there are problems. To think nothing necessary, but only to apply has been worn at the time in Transnistria scheme and breed Moscow curators at some funny the money.

It is likely that the usual raiding Moscow will not be restricted and will soon begin to realize the full separation of Donbas from Ukraine’s gradual integration with Russia. As the program at least started a permanent organization of work on creation of a unified management structure captured by enterprises and the formation mechanism for the export of goods to the territory of the Russian Federation and raising the level of self-sufficiency of the enterprises of Donbass against the backdrop of reduced funding from the Federal budget.

No publication and objections on this subject, will not return Russia to common sense. At the same time, smoldering little hope that foreign partners, including Moldova, will be able to avoid the negative consequences and must remember that:


  • “nationalization” of Ukrainian enterprises is a violation of Ukrainian legislation and international norms;


  • the subjects of offense are legal and physical persons of the Russian Federation and other countries that participate in the alienation of the Ukrainian enterprises or interact with them in any way;


  • the import of goods manufactured at the enterprises of individual regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions and exported without the necessary documentation of fiscal and customs organs of Ukraine, is prohibited and is a violation of the Ukrainian legislation and international law;


  • the supply of raw materials and goods for production purposes excluded quasi-republics of enterprises prohibited and is a violation of Ukrainian legislation and international law;


  • the implementation of foreign contractors commercial, financial, and other economic activities with the “nationalized” Ukrainian enterprises located on the temporarily uncontrolled territory falls under the jurisdiction of international law.

These actions will be treated by Ukraine as an unfriendly gesture on the part of foreign countries, which thus not only sustain the Russian Federation has violated the territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state, but also encourage Moscow to further aggressive and hostile acts which are contrary to international law and threaten the existing security system.

As they say, forewarned is forearmed.