Wednesday, July 13, 2005

As far as I can see, only two Ukrainian papers have picked up yesterday's Interior Ministry's troops in Crimea story: Krymskaya Pravda and Segodnya (both in Russian).

Krymskaya Pravda's piece is a reprint from Novyi Region and includes the line about the "Slavic population's" hurt feelings.

Segodnya has some additional info: according to Mike Lvovski, at least 150 soldiers are aiding the police in preventing confrontations, and 7-8 army trucks have been seen on the way from Feodosiya to Koktebel.

Whoever wrote the Segodnya piece (I'm sorry but 'Mike Lvovski' sounds a bit unlikely, like a pen name or something) deserves some praise for having bothered to get a comment from the press service of the Interior Ministry's Crimean department: folks over there claim not to be "dividing citizens according to their ethnicity and are calling everyone to choose a weighed approach in solving this problem."

The story's headlines, however, aren't peaceful at all:

Crimean natural preserve lands are now being guarded by the troops

The Slavs have risen against the Crimean Tatars, who decided to build eight houses at once in Tikhaya Bukhta

(The land in question, by the way, wasn't considered anything too special until very, very recently - May 19 this year...)


Many ordinary Russians (way too many) are preparing for their summer vacation in Crimea. Even more prefer Turkey to both Russia and Ukraine, but that's a different story. Some will now feel safer to go to the Russian, not Ukrainian, Black Sea coast, after reading about unrest in Crimea. Stories about Yalta looking like a dump (Novyi Region, in Russian) are sure to keep a few more Russians and their money at home.


An aside on the Novyi Region news agency: I had so much fun yesterday, skimming through their 2004 election coverage, full of crazy stories like the one on how many Russians would've voted for Yanukovych in an Ural city (Ekaterinburg residents like Yanukovych better: if, for some weird reason, they hadn't been citizens of Russia, 39 percent would've voted for Yanukovych and 16 percent for Yushchenko)...

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