Wednesday, March 18

Life in Crimea - Photographs by Arthur Bondar

"One year ago today, after twenty-three years as an autonomous region within Ukraine, Crimea voted in a referendum to leave Ukraine and join Russia. Russian elections aren’t known for their fairness, and the official reports of eighty-three-per-cent turnout, with ninety-seven per cent voting to join Russia, were widely questioned. Still, it’s clear that many Crimeans truly wanted to become Russian, hoping to be rescued from the uncertainty of post-Maidan Ukraine, to receive higher pensions, and to exit a nation in which they’d never really felt at home. The Ukrainian photographer Arthur Bondar, who documented life on the peninsula between 2010 and 2014, says that Crimeans have 'celebrated grandly' this past year."
New Yorker
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