The tenth issue of Business Crimea magazine has been released. The magazine is published with the support of the Yalta International Economic Forum Foundation. The main theme of the issue – ‘Made in Crimea’ – focuses on the work of Crimean enterprises whose products are in demand beyond the peninsula.
The issue’s opening interview with YIEF Foundation Director Sergey Lazutkin is devoted to preparations for the fourth Yalta International Economic Forum, which will be held on 19–21 April.
“The major plenary session at YIEF 2018 will be divided into two parts:
‘The Future of the World’ and ‘The Future of Russia’. The first part is devoted to global economic and political problems, while the second focuses on Russia’s development in a rapidly changing world”, Lazutkin said in the interview. “Last year more than 2,000 people took part in the forum. This year we plan to host around 3,000 people. We expect the number of foreign participants to also increase. Last year there were about 200 [foreigners]. This figure could double at YIEF 2018”, he said.
The issue also features exclusive interviews with international politicians: Syrian Minister of Education Hazwan Al-Waz and French National Assembly deputy Thierry Mariani.
“Since Russia is an important partner for us, we introduced Russian language studies in Syrian schools four years ago. And now children learn Arabic and English from the first class, and in the seventh grade they choose to learn French or Russian. Now 15,000 students at 30 schools of Syria voluntarily study the Russian language”, Al-Waz said.
Thierry Mariani, in turn, compared Crimea’s reunification with Russia with the awakening of Sleeping Beauty in the tale of French writer Charles Perrault. “When I was here during the Ukrainian period, Crimea seemed like the sleeping beauty from the French fairy tale. And now this territory has woken up. Under Ukraine’s rule, the government did not build roads, create new infrastructure, or improve people’s well-being. And now Crimea is changing rapidly”, Mariani explained. He also said that it is time to put an end to the sanctions against Crimea and Russia. “We need to ease, reset, and de-escalate the tensions”, he said. “For now, European nations are not ready to pursue an independent policy on this issue that does not coincide with U.S. policy, but I hope that the situation will change”.
An article titled “Crimea in Brussels” tells about the first presentation of Crimea and the Yalta International Economic Forum in the walls of the European Parliament. The presentation was part of the conference ‘The European Union and the Regions of Russia’ at which European Parliament deputies and representatives of the national parliaments of EU countries, European businessmen, political and public figures from EU countries as well as Russian and foreign experts discussed the ineffectiveness of sanctions and the path back to cooperation between Russia and the EU.
“Russia’s most unusual airport will open to passengers this spring” is how the text begins about the construction of a new terminal at Simferopol Airport. Construction has concluded on the terminal building and finishing work is under way on the airport’s interior and the landscaping of the station square. “We are at the finish line. We expect that the new terminal will receive its first passengers in a few months”, Simferopol Airport General Director Yevgeny Plaksin told Business Crimea.
The article ‘250-km Building Site’ under the ‘Infrastructure Development’ heading details the construction of Crimea’s main road – the Tavrida motorway, which will connect Crimean Bridge with Simferopol and Sevastopol. “Over 1,000 pieces of equipment and about 3,000 people are involved in construction. The facility is 24% ready overall”, Nikolay Yevsyukov, Deputy General Director for Production at VAD Company, which is the general contractor of the project, told Business Crimea. Innovative technologies are being used in the construction of the Tavrida motorway that will significantly extend the road’s service life. In particular, the general contractor has deployed five mobile plants in Crimea that produce asphalt mixes using advanced Superpave technology.
The article ‘Taking the “Comet” to Yalta’ addresses the Kalashnikov Concern’s project for the establishment of a high-speed sea-based passenger travel between Sevastopol and Yalta. Hydrofoil vessels will start running between the two Crimean cities in June 2018. “The journey time will be 1 hour 40 minutes, which is faster than by bus or even by car if you observe speed limits”, Sea Passenger Transport Company General Director Alexey Sorokin said in an interview.
The ‘Made in Crimea’ block of publications contains interviews with the heads of four Crimean companies, which primarily sell their products outside the peninsula. One of the stories talks about the work of Simferopol welding equipment manufacturer SELMA, which supplies its products to major Russian companies and is getting ready to take part in Arctic development projects. “We cooperate with numerous shipbuilding enterprises, for example with Gorky Zelenodolsk Plant, Sevmash, Admiralty Shipyards, and Severodvinsk’s Zvezdochka, and now we are building up relations with St. Petersburg's Baltiysky Plant, among others. In oil and gas production, we work with Gazprom”, SELMA Deputy Chairman of the Board Georgy Agadzhanyan said, listing his company's largest partners.
This theme continues with material about Russia’s biggest cherry producer – Crimean Fruit Company. “We rank second in the country in terms of the total volume of fruit harvest. We carried out our last plantings using ultra-intensive technology in which the planting density is more than 6000 plants per hectare. This will make it possible to achieve even greater yields – up to 100 tonnes per hectare”, Crimean Fruit Company Commercial Director Natalya Rumyantseva told Business Crimea.
“We need to move away from the industrial model of the economy and move on to an economy of knowledge and impressions in which ideas become the commodities”, Crimean Federal University Rector Andrey Falaleyev said. “It’s difficult to impose sanctions and payments on ideas. With ideas, there are no difficulties with logistics or exports. Using this model, Crimea can be successful”. In a lengthy interview published in the ‘Innovations’ column, the head of Crimea’s largest university spoke about plans to involve students in projects to develop Crimea in the format of “educational factories” and develop cooperation with major Russian and international companies.
The ‘Faces of Crimea’ column includes an interview with Sevastopol native, Hero of Russia, and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov. The cosmonaut, who along with his partner Alexander Misurkin set the Russian record for the length of time working in open space, spoke with Business Crimea by phone while on board the ISS. “I recently flew over Crimea at night. It was unclouded and my attention was drawn to the illumination of the peninsula. During my first expedition six years ago, I could see the dim lights of Sevastopol at night, Simferopol glowed slightly, while Yalta and Bakhchysarai were virtually not at all visible compared with European cities. Now I see that Sevastopol is shining as before, but Simferopol has become very bright. I think soon it will be on the same lighting level as Kiev, almost equal. Simferopol now shines like Odessa. And the south coast is already well visible at night, Yalta is bright, and even Kerch is now shining”, the cosmonaut said.
‘Palaces of health’ is the title of an article on the resort architecture of Crimea during the Soviet period. Historian Alexey Popov described the main stages in the evolution of Crimea’s health resorts – from the white “antique temples” of the late Stalin era to the utilitarian style of the 1960s and 1970s and the masterpiece of Soviet modernism in the 1980s – the futuristic building of the Druzhba health resort.
The article ‘The Man Who Caught the Firebird’ details the fate of the outstanding artist Ivan Bilibin. In 1912, he built a workshop in Crimea by the sea in Batiliman, and since that time he has become forever attached to the sun-baked Crimean shore. In Crimea, Bilibin waited out the chaos of the revolution and civil war, and many years later, after returning from emigration, he again visited the peninsula in order to once again rekindle his love of his favourite places.