Holiday in Crimea

During the two days train trip from Moscow to Crimea, a song by The Dead Kennedys didn´t stop in my head: Holiday in Cambodia. I know the events happen in Crimea have nothing to do with Cambodia in 70´s. But I wanted to go to check people feelings after the annexation to Russia and see how they live. My surprise was the total normality.

The sudden appearance of armed men in green uniforms, which little by little led to Russian annexation, new flags, new passports - and Western sanctions. For the peninsula's main industry, tourism, this could be catastrophic despite many Russian tourists went to the Peninsula to support the annexation.
A girl stretches her legs somewhere between Moscow and Crimea during a stop train. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, train, girl, station Sasha rests in a train during the two days journey from Moscow to Crimea.  The train was full of people who were going to Anapa (a city opposite Crimean Peninsula) or Crimea itself. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, boy, sleep, train, bunk bed, sheets, night, rest A man wears a t-shirt which reads: Crimea - Russia, at Anapa port. Pro-Russian feeling is present everywhere in Crimea. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Anapa, T-shirt, point out, ferry, port A family tries to cross the road in Feodosia.  Most of the cars in Crimea are from Soviet era, this one is a former Lada. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Feodosia, beach, car, lada, green, sun, sea Women split bunches of flowers to give to participants during a tribute to the casualties during the IIWW. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, flowers, women, square A woman with her daughters in a beach near Sevastopol : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, beach, sun, ball, swimmers
Two stickers which read: "I voted in favor" are seen at the bus station ticket office in Yalta. Most Crimean people are happy with the annexation to Russia. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Yalta, sticker, ticket office, bus station Visitors look at the table where Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin signed the agreement for the II WW at Livadia Palace (Yalta) in 1945 : Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, USA, UK, Soviet Union, Livadia Palace, Yalta A woman stand in front of a Stalin´s statue at the Black Sea Museum in Sevastopol : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea, Museum, Stalin, Woman, Pink A couple of newlyweds during a photo session at Livadia Palace in Yalta : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Yalta, newlywed, wedding, Livadia Palace A man wears the former flag of the Black Sea Fleet during a military parade in Sevastopol. Many people feels proud of the past time. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea Fleet, flag, parade, navy People watch a military parade in Sevastopol : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea Fleet, flag, parade, navy
Soldiers stand in formation in Sevastopol. They welcome to a French delegation which will assist to the military parade in a couple of days. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea Fleet, flag, parade, soldier, army, navy Inside the Cold War Museum in Balaclava. It was a Soviet top-secret  underground submarine base during the Cold War. In 2000 the abandoned facility was handed over to the naval forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea Fleet, flag, parade, soldier, army, navy, cold war museum, balaclava People are seen on a boat inside the Cold War Museum.  The object of this complex was the construction of the first category of anti-nuclear protection, which included a combined underground water channel with a dry dock, repair shops, warehouses for storage of torpedoes and other weapons. Additionally it could house personnel to protect them from nuclear fallout. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea Fleet, flag, parade, soldier, army, navy, Balaclava, Cold War Tatiana stands at her parents´ house in Sevastopol.  Most of the people who goes to Crimea on vacations, host in private houses. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol A soldier chats with a girl in Sevastopol. A soldier chats with a girl during the Navy day in Sevastopol.   Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Moscow refused to recognise Ukrainian sovereignty over Sevastopol as well as over the surrounding Crimean Oblast, using the argument that the city was never practically integrated into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic because of its military status. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea Fleet, flag, parade, soldier, army, navy, girl, tank A girl dances while a man sings at a ferry in Sevastopol : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea Fleet, flag, parade, soldier, army, navy, sing, song, dance, guitar
A man holds a Russian flag in Chufut Kale archeological site.  The Russian flag is omnipresent along Crimea. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, flag, Chufut Kale Vladimir waters his garden in Sevastopol. To complete their pensions many people host tourists in their houses. This happen from the Soviet era. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, garden, water A woman is seen in Bakhchisaray Palace : Bakhchisaray, Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Palace, tartar A painter is seen in Sevastopol port.  The location and navigability of the city's harbours have made Sevastopol a strategically important port and naval base throughout history. The city has been a home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which is why it was considered as a separate city in Crimea of significant military importance. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea Fleet, flag, parade, navy, painter Every evening men get together to play chess in Sevastopol. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea, navy, chess Souvenirs for sale in Sevastopol.  Russian and Soviets motifs are very present among souvenirs. Since the annexation Putin has been one of this motifs. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, beach, sun, souvenir, Putin, Stalin
A man wears a t-shirt wich reads:"on the way to the mother country" in Ai Petri mountain : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea Fleet, flag, parade, Ai Petri A man throws a girl to the sea in Yalta.  Despite of the Western sanctions, Yalta is still one of the sun, beach and sand destinations in the Black Sea. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, sea, beach, Yalta Two girls in Sevastopol´s port : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, port A musical band plays at Sevastopol promenade.  People say that 3 years ago the promenade was completely crowded. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea, musical band, sunset People is seen inside a ferry in Sevastopol.  Ferry is the essential main of transport in Sevastopol due to its geography. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea, night, blue, ferry A couple stand at Sevastopol´s promenade. Lack of tourists are noticed at dusk. : Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Sebastopol, Black Sea, promenade, kiss, sunset