For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction, and for every crisis there lies an opportunity.
For Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya, western sanctions are helping Russia, and specifically Crimea, focus on developing their tourism brand.
To say western sanctions have not worked would be an understatement. They have not only hit Europe hard, but have helped Russia’s economy reform and diversify. And did we mention Putin’s 89% percent approval rating. Well played Obama and Merkel.
Via Sputnik News Agency…
Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya said that she thanks Western countries for sanctions because it could make officials move to develop more tourist sites in Russia, in an interview to Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda published on Thursday.
Answering a question regarding whether she has felt any limits on her own life because of being subject to sanctions, Poklonskaya said that she hasn’t. Poklonskaya also said that she herself has not gone on vacation since beginning work in 2014.
“Sanctions could be a stimulus for officials to quicker and more actively develop tourism and resorts here, make it more beautiful. So that they understand that they can’t run somewhere else for vacation to distant islands because of sanctions,” Poklonskaya said.
Poklonskaya also noted that rumors of discrimination in Crimea whether on an ethnic or a religious basis are unfounded, as employment discrimination is essentially non-existent in her office, where one fourth of Prosecutor’s Office workers are Crimean Tatars. Crimean Tatars make up around 12.6 percent of Crimea’s population according to the 2014 census.
Poklonskaya added that she considers the situation in Crimea stable and that forecasts that the peninsula would be consumed in strife amounted to speculation.
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