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Russia-Crimea underwater telecom cable ready, as Ukraine crisis intensifies

Published time: April 14, 2014 15:28
RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov

RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov

The underwater telecommunication cables between the Crimean peninsula and Russia bypassing Ukraine are almost ready for use. The multi-million dollar project will provide for safer communication as tension between Russia and Ukraine intensifies.

State-owned Rostelecom South has nearly completed the 40 kilometers of fiber-optic cable from the Krasnadar region and the 6 kilometers through the Kerch Straight, Kommersant reports citing a source close to the company.

The underwater section that runs along the muddy seabed of the Kerch Straight is expected to cost between $11-25 million.

“Now that tensions between Russia and Ukraine are high, the connection to Crimea via the straight isn’t without risk: it could always be cut off,” Evgeny Yurchenko, Rostelecom’s former director and minority shareholder said, as quoted by Kommersant.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Rostelecom operations in Crimea should be sped up when he visited Simferopol, the administrative capital, on March 24. That was shortly after the region voted to join the Russian Federation in a referendum vote.

Medvedev said it was unacceptable for Crimea’s information and documents to be operated by two separate states, and that foreign operators shouldn’t be trusted to handle “confidential” exchanges.

The communications project is part of the $6.8 billion Russia plans to invest in Crimea in 2014.

A road and rail bridge have been given the green light by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The bridge will cost an estimated $78 million, according to Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov. A tunnel is also an option. The first 4.5 kilometer Kerch Straight Bridge was built in the summer of 1944 after the liberation of Crimea by the Red Army, but collapsed 6 months later.

A new gas pipeline to deliver natural gas from Russia to Crimea could cost between $200 million and $1 billion, depending on the complexity of and route of the pipeline.

Comments (13)


Hooda Thawtit 29.04.2014 22:50

yestechnician 15.04.2014 14:11

Now thaqt Victoria is in hiding , can I set up a pie factory in Crimea instead?


We must introduce the Crimean (and Ukrainian) people to the Northern pleasure of Pie and Peas and World Peace will be ensured.


A. Smith 23.04.2014 04:52

Secure Infranet's are being built in Brazil, Venzeulia, Cuba, Iran, Germany and now Crimea-Russia all bypassing the filthy, disgusting Israeli/USA Gov taps on the global underwater fiber-optic cables and USA relays.

Tho se should be followed by a complete dumping of the US Currency (USD) and make it clear if the EU-Nations scream and threaten, their Euro's can be dumped also with BRIC's representing a full 50%+ population and economy, Iran could also sway the NAM (non-NATO aligned nations) to join making them a majority population and economic force on earth crushing the West's alliance, influence and Zionist Wars.


A. Smith 23.04.2014 04:42

Good, more non-Israeli-USA States and Nations now must form secure infra-net backbone fiber-optic connections to their allies for secure communications, banking and investment encryption data which the Zionist infested USA Gov try to globally steal, sell and blackmail companies, leaders and nations with under the corrupt Obama Whitehouse on a daily basis.

The depraved Obama Whitehouse has resorted to barking like a junk yard dog to Germany over their proposed infra-net to Brazil bypassing USA's underwater taps and onshore evesdropping relays. The US State Dept cables likely are filled with threats to Germany.

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