A tender for the so-called study to "assess the damage" caused to the Crimea during the period from 1991 to 2014, when the annexed Peninsula was under the control of Ukraine, was published on the Russian Procurement webpage, reports Krym.Realii.
The initial cost of the study is 10 million Russian rubles (more than 150 thousand dollars).
The commissioner of the study is the State Duma of Russia (Russian Parliament). The purpose of the study is "a comparison of socio-economic and legislative regulation of key areas of life in the Crimea during the three periods: while it was part of USSR, as part of Ukraine and while being a part of Russia."
It is specified that applications are accepted until June 27. The contractor must be chosen on July 11 at the end of the competition.
In March, the Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin proposed to "demand that Ukraine pay for the Crimea." He stated that the Peninsula was annexed not by Russia, but by Ukraine.
The internationally recognized Ukrainian territory of Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation in March of 2014 in the wake of the Ukrainian revolution. The Kremlin has faced international condemnation for its annexation of the Peninsula, leading many western countries to impose economic sanctions against Russia. In the United Nations, only Afghanistan, North Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Syria recognize Crimea as a legitimate federal subject of Russia.
After the annexation of Crimea, Ukraine has lost a number of industrial companies: Zaliv Shipbuilding yard, Feodosiya Production association More, ElectroMachine Building Plant SELMA, the plant Fiolent, Saki Chemical Plant, NPO Yodobrom, Crimean Soda Plant, the Brom company, Crimean Titan, Sivashsky aniline colorant plant, Kerch Metallurgical Complex, Chornomornaftogaz, Massandra, Novy Svet (Plant of Champagne Wines), Koktebel plant. There are also seven seaports in Crimea.