Crimea is a small peninsular in Eastern Europe populated with 2.3 mln people. Both states, Russian Federation and Ukraine consider Crimea their territory. The peninsular was a part of Russia from the beginning of XVII century until the middle of the XX century, when Russia passed Crimea to Ukraine. But last spring Russia took the peninsular back, insisting that Crimea joined legitimately through a referendum. Ukraine and most of influential countries absolutely disagree with Russia’s position. In their view Crimea is a temporary occupied territory of Ukraine.
Majority of people in Crimea welcomed political changes, as for most of them Russian was their mother tongue, they felt socially and culturally connected with Russia.
Russia is seen here, as a powerful and rich state with more prosperous life, than in Ukraine. To keep up spirits, Russia strengthens it reputation in Crimea with propaganda and financial support for locals.
Feeling euphoria after merging with Russia, many in Crimea developed high expectations that often remain unsatisfied by the new state. Crimean people begin to grow into their new fatherhood, trying out new opportunities, struggling to understand whether they have made the right choice at the referendum.