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Crimea through the ages

Crimea was annexed by Russia in March 2014. But troubles began centuries before. The Ukraine, Russia and the Tartars have all left their mark on the peninsula between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Can tensions over Crimea ever be resolved?

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This film immerses itself in this history and links the past and the political situation today. For thousands of years, different peoples have left their mark on the cultural identity of the Crimean peninsula. First came the Scythians and Greeks, whose early settlements are still preserved as historical sites. The Khan's Palace in Bakhcharsaray, the national shrine of the Crimean Tatars, is also now a museum. The synagogues of Yevpatoria and Kerch stand beside the splendid palaces of the old Russian nobility. Stalin had his dacha in the hills of Crimea. Crimea was annexed by Russia for the first time in 1783. In 1954, the Soviet head of state Nikita Khrushchev handed it to Ukraine, but in Russia itself, the sentimental regret over the "loss” of Crimea has never gone away. Our film looks at the lives of the different ethnic groups in Crimea: Ukrainians, Russians and Tatars, and historians and experts on international law examine the present political situation there.