New Cold War.org, April 7, 2015
Russian filmaker Andrey Kondrashov has produced and released a 150-minute documentary film on the events of 2013-2014 leading to the vote in Crimea on March 16, 2014 to secede from Ukraine and rejoin the Russian Federation.
Sixty years ago in 1954, the administrative authority over Crimea was transferred by a decision of the Soviet Union from the Russian Soviet Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic. It was a decision made in the name of facilitating difficult post-WW2 reconstruction, but the Crimean people were not seriously consulted about the decision.
The beginning of the documentary film contains frequent segments of interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It moves on to show reenactments of the actual events leading to secession. The reenactments show the ultimately unsuccessful attempts by the new governing authorities who came to power in Kyiv in February 2014 to force Crimeans by violence to accept the illegal change in government in Ukraine.
The film shows the impact in Crimea of the troubling rise of the Ukrainian exreme-right, inspired as they are by the WW2 Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. Crimea suffered very intensely from WW2 occupation at the hands of Nazi Germany. Crimeans were profoundly disturbed to watch the ascendancy of the extreme-right in Ukraine in the past two years.
Sub-titling of the film into English and into other languages was done by Vox Populi Evo. Watch the film on Vimeo via this weblink or by clicking on the screen below. You can read a written summary of Vladimir Putin’s description in the film of the dramatic events in Crimea in February-March 2014 here.