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La crimée à l'heure russe // The new russian Crimea

The new russian Crimea

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Le 18 mars 2014, la Russie annonçait que la province ukrainienne de Crimée allait rejoindre la fédération de Russie après le «oui» au référendum.
Drapeaux blanc bleu rouge sur tous les édifices, plaques d'immatriculation RUS, T-shirts à l'effigie de Poutine, la Crimée semble aujourd'hui vivre 100% à l'heure de Moscou.
Port de la fameuse flotte russe en Mer noire dans une région où plus de 70% de la population est russe et où la propagande anti ukrainienne bat son plein, la Crimée s'est vite coulée dans le moule de Moscou plébiscitant Poutine à 92% lors des dernières élections présidentielles.
Mais le ton a changé dans la péninsule, la surveillance y est omniprésente et toute voix discordante y est vivement réprimée. Ceux qui critiquent l'autorité de Moscou font l'objet d'une surveillance accrue des services de sécurité et le FSB exerce un contrôle scrupuleux des publications sur les réseaux sociaux
Les touristes occidentaux ont complètement disparu depuis  le « rattachement », comme l'on dit ici, et les rares étrangers sont accueillis avec suspicion.
Les plages idylliques de Yalta où trônent d'improbables sanatoriums soviétiques sont désormais prises d'assaut par des touristes moscovites bruyants et souvent alcoolisés profitant des All inclusive à bas prix.

Avec le retour de la Russie, c'est aussi toute la nostalgie soviétique qui réapparait dans la péninsule. Les commémorations de la victoire contre l'armée allemande pendant la seconde guerre mondiale, peu suivies en Ukraine  font aujourd'hui l'objet d'intense festivités, on reconstitue les grandes batailles de l'armée rouge et les cadets des différentes écoles militaires paradent fièrement sous l'oeil de Lénine tendant son bras vers la mer Noire.
Soixante-deux ans après le don de la Crimée à l'Ukraine, la Russie semble définitivement de retour dans la péninsule et Moscou y façonne comme à son habitude un espace politique et social nettoyé de toute aspérité.  
//       On March 18, 2014, Russia announced that the Ukrainian province of Crimea would join the Russian Federation after the "yes" vote at the referendum.
With red blue white flags on all buildings, RUS license plates, Putin's T-shirts, today Crimea seems to live 100% on Moscow time. Port of the famous Russian fleet in the Black Sea in a region where more than 70% of the population is Russian and where the anti Ukrainian propaganda in full swing, the Crimea quickly fell into the mold of Moscow plebisciting Putin to 92% at the last presidential elections. But the tone has changed in the peninsula, the surveillance is omnipresent and any discordant voice is strongly repressed. Those who criticize Moscow's authority are subject to increased surveillance of the security services and the FSB exercises a scrupulous control of publications on social networks.
Western tourists have completely disappeared since "attachment", as it is said here, and the few foreigners are greeted with suspicion.
The idyllic beaches of Yalta, where sit in statensome improbable Soviet sanatoriums, are now besieged by noisy and often alcoholic Muscovite tourists enjoying cheap All Inclusive. With the return of Russia, it is also all the Soviet nostalgia that reappears in the peninsula. The commemorations of the victory against the German army during the Second World War, little followed in Ukraine are today the subject of intense festivities, people reconstruct the great battles of the Red Army and the cadets of the various military schools parades proudly under the eye of Lenin stretching his arm towards the Black Sea. Sixty-two years after the donation of Crimea to Ukraine, Russia definitely seems back in the peninsula and Moscow is shaping as usual a political and social space cleared of any roughness.

On March 18, 2014, Russia announced that the Ukrainian province of Crimea would join the Russian Federation after the "yes" vote at the referendum.
With red blue white flags on all buildings, RUS license plates, Putin's T-shirts, today Crimea seems to live 100% on Moscow time. Port of the famous Russian fleet in the Black Sea in a region where more than 70% of the population is Russian and where the anti Ukrainian propaganda in full swing, the Crimea quickly fell into the mold of Moscow plebisciting Putin to 92% at the last presidential elections. But the tone has changed in the peninsula, the surveillance is omnipresent and any discordant voice is strongly repressed. Those who criticize Moscow's authority are subject to increased surveillance of the security services and the FSB exercises a scrupulous control of publications on social networks.
Western tourists have completely disappeared since "attachment", as it is said here, and the few foreigners are greeted with suspicion.
The idyllic beaches of Yalta, where sit in statensome improbable Soviet sanatoriums, are now besieged by noisy and often alcoholic Muscovite tourists enjoying cheap All Inclusive. With the return of Russia, it is also all the Soviet nostalgia that reappears in the peninsula. The commemorations of the victory against the German army during the Second World War, little followed in Ukraine are today the subject of intense festivities, people reconstruct the great battles of the Red Army and the cadets of the various military schools parades proudly under the eye of Lenin stretching his arm towards the Black Sea. Sixty-two years after the donation of Crimea to Ukraine, Russia definitely seems back in the peninsula and Moscow is shaping as usual a political and social space cleared of any roughness.