Crimea: One Year after Reunification with Russia
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A high school student standing guard near the Eternal Flame Monument. Every week, top high school students take turns standing guard.
Natalia breastfeeding her son Roman in a room she shares with several other families in a camp for Ukrainian refugees at an EMERCOM base in Opushki village. The refugees stay there for about a week before being sent to other Russian regions, where they are offered jobs. The refugees learn their exact destination on the eve of departure.
Teenagers training at a military patriot camp near Belogorsk. The camp was created by the Russian Military Historical Society. About 100 boys and girls stay in a rural area, where they participate in martial arts and train in self-defense techniques.
A girl enjoys solitude in the Black Sea.
Two boys try to catch a ship leaving the dock in Gurzuf village. No one stops them from having fun and running around as they please. Gurzuf resembles cities on Italy’s Mediterranean coast. In 2014, the number of tourists dropped by about 50%.
The New World (Novy svet) resort village near the city of Sudak, which is famous for its sparkling wines. Nudists enjoy the sea at in isolated Black Sea bay.
Teenagers rehearse a dance to be performed the same evening in the Morskoi camp at the Artek International Children’s Center.
The beach area that was abandoned by the largest club music festival in Eastern Europe. In 2014, the KaZantip Republic festival moved to Georgia. According to its founder, the decision was due to Crimea joining Russia.
Putin supporters from the Military Officers’ Daughters organization.
The Russian flag flies above the parliament of the Republic of Crimea. The Crimeans celebrate the first anniversary of reunification with Russia.
A carpet portraying Mustafa Djamilev, a Crimean Tatar leader, and his wife is among the items displayed at the museum room in Djamilev’s house. Now, his wife Safinar is the only one still living in the house.
Forgotten World War II shells in the grass next to a dock used by Crimea’s last oyster farm. Before the Bolshevik Revolution, France used to import Black Sea oysters from Crimea by the million every year.
Veterans celebrating Victory Day in a park close to the central embankment.