The eastern regions have always been distinguished by a high level of crimes in them, in particular,
organized crime. After the Russian intervention the residents of the occupied territories have
been left with absolutely no guarantees of their personal safety. Criminogenic situation has
deteriorated drastically as the result of two factors. First, local residents will be terrorized
by the representatives of the occupational regime – both 'military', and 'civil'. Anybody may
have their business 'squeezed off' (taken by force), their house, apartment, cars seized, etc.
Those trying to resist are either shot or incarcerated in a vault, and tortured there until they
sign 'gift deeds'. Secondly, a lot of rebels leave their 'service' in the occupation authorities
taking weapons and ammunition with them, and kill, rob, carjack, rape, etc.
Though such facts are concealed and hushed away by the occupation authorities, but still some
of them come to the surface. Here are some recent examples from the life of the occupied part
of Luhansk region and, in particular, the town of Dovzhansk (former Sverdlovsk). The participants
of the Internet community 'Sverdlovsk – you should know it', created in the social medium 'vkontakte',
have told about this.
On September 4: 'financial police of the LPR' started its affair with 'Khlib Ukrayiny' Ltd.
located in Dovzhansk. This company has got a great capacity for storage and processing of agricultural
output. Plotnytskyy's people decided to seize this profitable business, one of a few left in
the occupied part of the region. 'As it is know, it is much more profitable to store grain and
seeds than to grow it. The business is rather good as for now. Thus, the company got into the
focus of attention of disguised gangsters. The head of the company was threatened many a time
and got unambiguous offers relating to the sales of the company at a ridiculous price. The instruction
to 'squeeze away' the company came to the 'LPR's tax officers directly from Plotnytskyy, – inform
the participants of the Internet community. – Plotnytskyy and his jackals got envious that the
company was bringing profit to somebody. They wanted to take it all away. And here is the name
'Khlib Ukrayiny' Ltd., almost a sign of terrorism and extremism'.
On August 31: 'The Ministry of Interior of the LPR' detained a part of the gang which had been
terrorizing the residents of Sverdlovsk and Rovenky districts for two years. Three members of
the gang, including its leader Serhiy Slyvka, are still in hiding. The gangsters have killed
the family of the 'traffic police officer' Kovalenko in Rovenky, had committed armed assaults
in four other inhabited settlements. 'We have been writing about all those high-profile crimes
in our group. The villains have taken everything: money, cars, weapons and most precious – human
life, – the statement says. – They were all related by family ties – brothers, brothers-in-law,
husband's brothers, sisters, therefore the level of conspiracy and trust inside the band was
rather high, which made their search much more complicated. Half of the gangsters participated
in different periods in the 'people's liberation movement in Donbas'. They had quickly understood
that among rebels they could get only a shot and 'unwithering glory', therefore the gangsters,
taking the weapons, started attacking their compatriots with a high level of wellbeing'. Murder
of the family of the former head of the traffic police of Rovenky Serhiy Kovalenko, who was on
the side of the occupationists, was committed in 2016. The spouses were murdered in their own
house. The husband was shot, and his wife was sunk in the bathroom. Before death the woman was
tortured much. The gangsters took golden and silver jewelry from the house of those murdered,
two fur-coats, 10 thousand dollars and 60 thousand rubles, a Volkswagen Tiguan car, a gun and
a fowling piece.