"News from Crimea" (en.sobytiya.info) is the English version of the Russian-speaking “События Крыма” portal (sobytiya.info). This is a project of independent journalists, which pooled their efforts to create the high-quality news and opened first in Crimea independent news media without political patronage of the founders in 2012.
One can be confident of the objective information provided, as the news is made by a group of independent journalists, which is quite rare in Crimea and Russia.
After the annexation of Crimea the journalists were persecuted by the Russian and Crimean authorities for their own independent opinion and were forced to move to the mainland Ukraine.
The editorial staff sets itself an ambitious goal to destroy myths about Crimea that are generated on both sides, Ukrainian and Russian. Unfortunately, the political and public figures in Russian as well as in Ukrainian in chase of their own political benefits breed many stereotypes about Crimea, Crimean and Crimean migrants.
Our challenge is to dismantle the myths and to inform the world community about what is actually happening in Crimea.
On this site one can not only read the news about Crimea, but communicate with the reporters and ask them questions too.
We thank everyone for taking interest in our site. If you want to support the site, which is financed by Google advertising and donations from readers only, please, follow this link.
ABOUT CRIMEA For centuries the peninsula of Crimea has been the disputed territory and a “tasty morsel” for many states. During the last 100 years Crimea has changed its administrative structure, state affiliation or been occupied more than 10 times. In the former Soviet Union Crimea was a part of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic. Since 1991 it has been the Autonomous Republic within independent Ukraine. In February 2014 Russian invaded Crimea with its troops and annexed the peninsula in March 2014. Since then Crimea has become a "gray area" on the global map: de jure it is part of Ukraine, de facto it is governed by Russia. Ukraine calls it occupation and hopes to return the territory, however, according to the international terms the process that has taken place, is called annexation.
After the Russian annexation the “News from the Crimea” web site is about what has been happening in Crimea.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT CRIMEA
The ethnic composition of Crimea prior to the annexation in 2014: Russians - 1,450,394; Ukrainians — 576,647; Crimean Tatars — 245,291; Byelorussians – 35,157; Tatars – 13,602; Armenians -10,088; Jews - 5,531; Moldovans – 4,562; Poles – 4,459; Greeks – 3,036; Germans – 2,790; Bulgarians – 2,282; Roma – 1,905.
The ethnic composition of Crimea after the annexation in 2014 (population count 2014): Russians – 1,492,078; Ukrainians — 344,515; Crimean Tatars — 232,340; Byelorussians — 21,694; Tatars — 44,996; Armenians — 11,030; Jews — 3,144; Moldovans — 3,147; Poles — 2,843; Greeks — 2,877; Germans — 1,844; Bulgarians — 1,868; Roma — 2,388.
The total population in 2001: 2,401,209.
The total population in 2014 (After the Russian annexation): 2,284,400.
The number of people who left the Crimea in connection with the annexation: 22 thousand people (official data), 30-50 thousand people (unofficial data).