Businessman Lebedev stated that he is not particularly afraid of sanctions Kiev

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Businessman and organizer of the forum «Open Crimea: with my own eyes,» Alexander Lebedev told RIA Novosti that «not particularly» worried about possible sanctions by the Ukrainian authorities and continues to invest in the Crimean economy.

The media forum «Open Crimea: their eyes» were opened in Alushta on Sunday at the initiative of a businessman and the publisher of British Newspapers The Independent and The London Evening Standard Alexander Lebedev. The forum brought together journalists and editors from Russia and other countries, representatives of the Academy of Sciences, experts and political scientists, workers of culture and art. Speakers at the forum were the head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov, the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, the state Duma, the Federation Council members, the experts.

«I guess not everyone is happy with this (work in the Crimea). I worked here until 2014, I have a job here, have a thousand people. I have to close everything and leave? It is possible that someone may not like it, in Ukraine in particular», — said Lebedev.

Answering the question if he really cares about the prospect of sanctions from Kiev, Lebedev said, that «not especially». He said that humorously refers to the assumption that his newspaper in the West can close.

Lebedev noted that some businesses deliberately scaring problems associated with investing in the Crimea, but personally he is more concerned with competition. «For example, Turks subsidize air transportation. So many go to Turkey and not here,» the businessman added.

Lebedev more than 15 years to invest in the tourism industry of the Crimea, mostly in Alushta region. He owns several hotels, a water Park in Alushta. To the current holiday season, Lebedev opened a café on the promenade in Alushta and is preparing to launch a large clinic of fasting (non-pharmacological treatments).

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