A German discussion: Crimea three years after, part three, opinion in Crimea. Conclusion


April 18, 2016 – Fort Russ News –

– Ostexperte.de, translated by Tom Winter
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What do the inhabitants think about reconnection of Crimea to Russia and the current situation?

According to the results of the referendum, the Crimean’s joining back up with Russia found much agreement among the Crimean population. Of particular interest is how people in Crimea think about the decision in retrospect and how they evaluate the situation these days.

In order to gain an impression we consulted 15 inhabitants in Simferopol, Sevastopol, Yalta and Armyansk. The participants’ statements are summarized below (the names of the interviewees have been changed):

How do you describe life in Crimea today? What has changed in the life of the Crimea over the last 3 years?

“In Crimea, life is generally better now. People come from Ukraine to the Crimea to work and they stay here because the situation in Ukraine is very bad at the moment,” says Boris, a businessman born in Simferopol and often working abroad. “Yes, life is better now, but not all are happy. The prices are terrible: for food, for clothing, for everything. Everything is very expensive, but there is nothing in good quality. “

“The prices for the products have increased, but the salaries are the same”, says Anastasia, a 26-year-old young woman from Kherson (Ukraine). Due to the better chance of finding a job in the Crimea, she moved to the peninsula with her boyfriend last year and teaches in an international language school for children. Sergey (21) from Belgorod and the Alexander (29) from the Donbass region also gave higher chances for a well-paid job as a reason for moving to the Crimea.

Alesha (36) from Yerevan (Armenia) is the owner of five clothing shops in Simferopol. “In the summer many tourists come from Russia, but in the off-season there are hardly any customers who buy.”

“Nature is beautiful, but the infrastructure is very bad. More money needs to be spent on renovating the streets,” comments Vitaly (58), former officer of the Soviet Army, born in Simferopol. “I used to live in the Ukraine, sometimes in Russia and sometimes in Belarus. Today I live again in the Crimea. For me, it’s all one country,” he says. “Yes, of course, the Crimea belonged to Russia several years ago and for several years the Crimea belonged to Ukraine. For us there was no difference. “

On the procedures during the referendum, Vitaly says: “I do not know if everything was been completely legal [at the referendum], but it does not matter, people definitely want to belong to Russia. We know that it’s the American influence because only America wants this situation. These people are the same – Ukrainians and Russians — that was one nation, one language, one culture – but they make a difference.

What do you think about the international media coverage of the Crimean conflict?

“You can see that everything [in the media] is a lie. There are no tanks here, no warriors, no soldiers — or can you see soldiers here somewhere?” Says 58-year-old Ruslan, a Marschrutka born in Yalta. His family, originally from Russia, has been living in Yalta for several generations. He says he is glad that the Crimea now belongs to Russia, because the majority of Crimean inhabitants originally came from Russia.

Boris is particularly concerned about the misinformation in international media: “In Europe, they are showing a lot of fake news about the Crimea. Everyone asks me, 
‘Where do you come from?’  
I: ‘From the Crimea. 
‘Oh, the situation is very bad there. 
‘Who told you that? 
“No the situation here is quite good, it’s not like in Ukraine. Not everyone knows how it is now in the Crimea. Fake news, every time. “

Conclusion of the Crimean report

The legitimacy of the connection of the Crimea to Russia is currently still being discussed worldwide. In March 2017 a delegation of international businessmen, politicians and journalists came to the Crimea to examine the current situation. The evaluation and interpretation of the above principles of international law, the events in the Crimea before and during the reunion process, and the attachment of the Crimean population expressed in the referendum of March 16, 2014, are particularly important.

The situation for foreign travelers as well as for Crimeans is currently made more difficult by the penalties imposed by NATO countries. For foreign travelers the visit to the Crimea is still possible with an existing visa for Russia. However, traffic connections currently exist only from Russian transport companies. In the Crimea, access to your own bank account remains blocked due to the existing sanctions.

In addition, consular services are not provided by the Embassies even in emergencies. For traders in the Crimea, trading with foreign business partners or customers is restricted. Despite the difficulties of daily life, the majority of the inhabitants of Crimea still favor the Crimea’s connection with Russia.

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