On March 10, another high-profile arrest in illegally annexed Crimea occurred, a local journalist was arrested allegedly for preparing “subversive actions by order of the Ukrainian special services”. A day earlier, on March 9, on the day of commemoration of the world-famous Ukrainian poet of the 19th century - Taras Shevchenko, the detained journalist drew attention to him by laying flowers at a monument to the poet in the city of Simferopol. That was the fact used as a reason for his detention by the Russian special services. According to them, an improvised explosive device was found with the detainee, which served as the main evidence during the arrest. Unfortunately, this is not the first time in the occupied Crimea when pro-Ukrainian locals have been persecuted and repressed by Russian law enforcement agencies because of their civic position. As the international human rights organizations informs, today over 5,000 political prisoners are detained in Crimea and Russia, mostly Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians. Every time the Russian special services act upon a similar scenario. Initially, the future “terrorist” is monitored and they wait for the proper moment for detention. When arrested, dangerous or prohibited items (weapons, explosives, drugs) are “found out” at the detainee. Further, Russian investigators seek for the evidence they need using physical and psychological pressure. The use of torture against prisoners in Crimea is becoming a common thing. No control over the actions of the security forces is possible, since an access to the territory of the occupied peninsula for international human rights organizations is not possible. That is why, when arresting, especially recently the law enforcement officers rely on such a term as “improvised explosive device” in most cases. The use of the term makes it possible in the future to drop any legal claims against the law enforcement officers, since if necessary (in case of taking the wrong one, suspending the case, or leveraging the so-called justice), the technical expertise can state in the findings that a found item, called an improvised explosive device, is anything but explosive. Such demonstrative detentions are widely covered by the local and federal media in order to foment an atmosphere of fear and create a negative image of Ukraine, while mentioning of an “explosive device” in this case suits the formation of appropriate public opinion never better. Even if something of this is not confirmed later, no one will bother himself with a refutation. Why would the Russian special services arrange such “performances”? After all, is it possible that laying flowers at the monument of the Ukrainian poet could seriously shake the position of the Russian Federation on the occupied peninsula? Well, everything is pretty simple. Although Crimea has been de facto under Russian jurisdiction for 7 years, a large number of problems still remain unresolved. Moreover, they tend to worsen. For example, the peninsula is constantly experiencing problems with fresh water supply. Until 2014, this problem was solved by supplying water through the North Crimean Canal from mainland Ukraine. After it was blocked, the problem exacerbated up to a partial cessation of water supply (available only for certain hours) of large cities amid the dry summer of 2020. The solution to this and many other problems is not expected in the near future. Instead, the Russian authorities attempts to divert the attention of Crimeans and residents of Russia from pressing problems by hunting for imaginary “saboteurs” and “terrorists”. Well then, in near future, in view of the upcoming elections to the State Duma, in particular, we may reasonably expect an increase in repression against activists and independent journalists. The number of detentions will grow directly proportionate to the problems increase in social sphere and infrastructure of the Crimean peninsula. Such “detentions” are also intimidation show offs targeted at independent journalists and bloggers in order to discourage coverage of the real problems of Crimea, destroying the image of post-2014 alleged prosperity artificially created by the Russian media.