“This is not why we went to Russia”: Sevastopol citizens outraged by low salaries in occupied Crimea



2014/10/07 • Crimea

Workers of the local port fleet came to protest in front of the public office of the chairman of Yedinaya Rossiya Dmitry Medvedev on Lazarev square in Sevastopol, reports censor.NET citing New Region.

They have not yet reached the point of protesting and canceling passenger boat trips, however, such a prospect is not entirely impossible.

According to sailor Viktor Olifirov, who has worked for the port fleet for 40 years, the workers of the company are “in shock of how small their salaries have become.” “In Ukraine we got 8-10 thousand hryvnia per month. Now we have advance payments of 2 thousand rubles and another 2 thousand as our salaries,” the sailor laments. “This is not why we went to Russia!”

Besides, the sailors, petty officers and captains of passenger boats are worried that the management promised not to issue them special uniforms and food during shifts. The towboat workers, who are also part of the port fleet, lament the lack of regular renovation on ferries. And all the workers, both on speedboats and towboats, are dissatisfied with the big number of war pensioners at leading posts in the port. While getting a stably high pension, they don’t care about the material welfare of the company.

The initiative group of the port workers addressed the management of the company and the city numerous times, in vain. The cashiers that service the passengers of speedboats at the Grafskaya jetty say: “Yes, we have a small salary, 8 thousand rubles, but the majority in town don’t get more.”

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
Source: Censor.NET


  • Michel Cloarec

    What did they expect ?
    Don´t they have history books in Crimea ?

    • http://euromaidanpress.com Mat

      They do not.

      • Ken Stewart

        Yes. They have Russian history books.

  • Hektor Uranga

    You reap what you sow. Now, dear citizens of Russia, deal with the results of your lack of understanding and enjoy the paradise that Putin has in store for you.

  • DemocracyJA

    An hors d’oeuvre called Crimea. This, dear Russian Putin-freaks, is what awaits you in a near future; a main course so hard to swallow that you wished you never set eyes on the menu. Dictatorship just doesn’t work, what’s so difficult to understand about that? The answer is simple, at least to most of us; nothing, because democracy sets minds free and humans prosper, thrives and develop.

  • Dean Venture

    The world will not do business with an occupied Crimea. The peninsula is now an economic death zone and the poverty will only increase with time. The only people who will prosper are those who chose to emigrate.

    That is unfortunate for the Crimean people who did not want the annexation, but if you are not willing to fight for your freedom, rights, and well being, there will always be someone lurking about ready to take them from you. They did not fight during the events leading up to the annexation, so now they face an entrenched foe who will still need to be fought.

  • Murf

    And thus the future of Donbas.
    Look close New Russia, Putin actually wanted Crimea, Donbas was just a side note.

  • http://www.rigmec.no Per Haarr

    so start fuxxxxing underdig the ” new emperor”, you cowardly cunts………….

  • Paul P. Valtos

    In paradisium. The latin song at Requiem Masses in the past.

    • LorCanada

      It’s hardly paradise, more like Paradise Lost!

  • Evelyn Myketa Livingston

    Do they mean its not utopia as promised?? Too bad.

  • Cw Boog

    Always look before you leap

  • dok

    I hope those russian swine in crimea like living under Russian dictatorship. because it is only going to get worse, a lot worse for them. Wait until they get deported to the far east of russia. Those Russian swine deserve it for turning their backs on Ukraine for a few worthless rubles. Now let them drown in their worthless rubles.

  • Someone

    Okay, all of you people bashing Russian need to really think hard about this. Compare it to the USA for instance. Russia has free healthcare. USA doesn’t. Russia has a 1.5 year paid maternity leave. USA has 12 weeks unpaid maternity leave. Russia has free music schools for children, where children can choose an instrument they want to learn, such as the piano. In America, piano lessons cost $200 a month. Russia has free sport schools, which are the same, children can choose to do a sport for free. In America, you pay $100-$400+ a month, depending on the sport. (Such as, gymnastics is really expensive in America, but can be close to free in Russia). Families in Russia get around $10,000 for having a second child. Does America give money away for having children? NO, in America YOU will pay $10,000 TO THE HOSPITAL to deliver your child. Russians also give perks to families with 3 or more children, such as, the family receives payments for each child (In America, you get tax deductions, yes, BUT what if you don’t have a salary? In Russia you receive payments regardless of salary), and they get discounts on things like vacations for children and utility costs. They can get up to a 50% utility cost discount, and they get free trips to the museum or some sort of recreational center once a month for the family, free public transportation for the school aged kids, etc.

    In America– to get a root canal you pay $1,000-$2,000. In Russia, you have the option of going to a public dental clinic and paying around $50, or going to a private dental clinic and paying around $200. Nowhere near what America’s cost is.

    Russia has a more accepting system for everyone. If you have a family and children, and you can’t afford to pay for a child’s sport activity or music lesson, well, in Russia they go for free, so you don’t need to afford it. In America, if you can’t afford it, then the child doesn’t go. Seems very unfair to children!

    Also, Russian schools are probably the most amazing schools. They teach very advanced things to first and second graders. FIrst and second graders already know how to do basic algebra, solving for x, long division with parenthesis, complex equations…. In america, they start teaching multiplication tables in third grade. Think about the best schools in America that you know of. Now, times that quality by 100. You get Russian schools. And yes, they are free, and very high quality, unlike paying $10,000 per year for you child to go to a private school in America.

    Graduate school and medical school/law school: In Russia this costs about the same as undergraduate, which is about $3,000 per year. In America, this costs $40,000- $50,000 per year. Let’s just leave it at that.

    So seriously, don’t be judgemental about Russia. Russia has plenty of good things to go around. It is probably one of the most socialist countries ever, that actually cares about its people, compared to other countries. Think before you make your judgement when you read these American articles, as these articles seem to only say bad things about Russia.

    There are plenty bad to say about America too, but we need to look at the good things for regular families of each country.