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Ukraine’s National Bank discriminates against Crimeans

13.11.14

Both the Law passed by Ukraine’s legislators on a ‘free economic zone in the Crimea’ and now a decision by Ukraine’s National Bank discriminate against citizens of Ukraine on the basis of Crimean registration.  Those Ukrainians registered as living in the Crimea face restrictions that other Ukrainians do not.  Olha Skrypnyk, head of the Crimean Field Mission on Human Rights slams this as overt discrimination. 

Although the Law ‘on occupied territory’ does not accept the Russian citizenship ‘automatically’ foisted on Ukrainian citizens in the Crimea the Law on the free economic zone states that the right to social guarantees and guaranteed contributions applies only to Ukrainian citizens who are not at the same time citizens of the occupying country.

Skrypnyk says that Crimeans have effectively been made non-residents of their own country.  If Crimeans want to open a bank account, Ukrainian banks demand confirmation of their origin.  There are problems with getting other financial services and all accounts of legal entities registered in the Crimea are, in accordance with the National Bank’s decision, closed, with businesspeople unable to do business.

Yes, Skrypnyk says, you can re-register a business at an address in mainland Ukraine, however the system thought up by officials is for the latter’s convenience only and doesn’t work.   Reregistration of individual entrepreneurs or legal entities has, through a Justice Ministry order been spread out over three oblasts regardless of where a person or entity is actually placed.

The National Bank’s Decision No. 699 banned any loan or deposit operations in Russian roubles and obliges Ukrainian banks to close the accounts of legal entities in the Crimea opened before the Crimea was declared a ‘free economic zone’.

More details about the highly controversial law on a free economic zone in the Crimea at: A Legislative Stab in the Back for Crimeans

see also:
Prohibited from discriminating against Crimeans
National Bank’s attempt to improve plight of Crimeans makes situation worse
Legislative Stab in the Back for Crimeans
Germans ignore international embargo against Russian-occupied Crimea
Ukraine can demand the arrest of ships which enter Crimean ports
Transport blockade can help return Crimea to Ukraine
ECHR could take years to reach judgement on annexation of the Crimea
Silence over Repression of Crimean Tatar Leader
Russia resurrects Soviet ways in treatment of the Crimean Tatars
Refat Chubarov also banned from the Crimea
Crimean Tatar Mejlis newspaper accused of ‘extremism’
Statement of Concerned Scholars Regarding the Current Predicament of the Crimean Tatars