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.