Crimea is a peninsula located on the northern coast of the Black Sea. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Crimea became part of the newly independent Ukraine, leading to tensions with neighboring Russia.
In 1954, Crimea was transferred to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic as a symbolic gesture by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Crimea became part of the independent Ukraine. Russia's Black Sea Fleet is stationed in Sevastopol and the southern tip of the peninsula continues to be a Russian stronghold in the region. Throughout the last decades tensions between the two neighbors have occasionally flared, but nothing like the escalation and mobilization of troops in March 2014.
Ukraine has undergone radical changes this year, none more so than the annexation of the peninsula of Crimea, under a hastily-organized and Russian-supported referendum. Now under Russian control, there are those still living in the area who were against the move, and who are now trying to adapt to life in Russian Crimea. Mareike Aden met one of them.
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More than half a year has passed since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. The West still regards it as a breach of international law but de facto, Crimea belongs to Russia. However, there is still dissent - mainly from the Muslim minority, or Crimean Tartars, who now feel the Kremlin pressure almost every day as Mareike Aden found out when she went there.