In Transcarpathia an official seized the river (VIDEO)
The bed of the Transcarpathian Salva river is blocked by a wide earthen dam - it is well compacted and cars drive on it.
An official blocked the river bed with an earthen dike and directed the flow to the rented pond. When the river shallowed, fishermen first decided that it was because of the drought.
And then they saw the dam, which directed the water into ponds where businessmen allegedly bred carp.
"It is classified as illegal seizure of water bodies. And redirection of the river to the pond in the village of Pushkinovo is classified as unauthorized water use," - said the state inspector for environment protection Yuri Bandurovych.
During floods Salva flooded all the surrounding villages. To protect them, experts erected seven kilometer dam along the river. But now the river flows on the other side of the dam, where the villages are.
Now the Salva really flows to the pond, local fishermen confirm. But they refuse to tell on camers who and why blocked the river bed. However off camera the villagers explain that the pond is rented by the village head and that he had directed the river there so that there was more water in the reservoir.
"It could be that I may be confused with a namesake, or my father. My father has the documents, and I will say it again, I have no rights for the lake. My father is the head of the farm. He has all the documents," - says the Pushkinovo village head Vasyl Vehesh.
The village head said that he had directed the river to the village not for the carp in the pond, but for the village cows in the pasture. Allegedly his fellow villagers asked him to do this. And he is convinced that the dam causes no damage to the environment.
But hunters and fishermen from neighboring villages, where the river stopped flowing, say that the animals have no water, and the fish can not go to spawn. The change of the bed of the Salva river is being investigated by the prosecutors. They promise to punish the offenders.