The third anniversary of the Crimean Peninsula reunification with Russia is celebrated today, RIA Novosti informs. The Referendum on Crimea’s accession to Russia took place on March 16 three years ago. More than ninety-five percent of participants voted for the Peninsula to join the Russian Federation.
The ceremony of laying flowers and wreaths to the monument in honor of the people’s volunteer army (Narodnoye Opolcheniye) will open the holiday. Later on, Republic administration members will march along Simferopol streets. As a part of the event, the photo exhibition Crimea and Russia:Three Years Together opens today. Finals of Crimean Spring Football Cup are planned today as well.
I am Proud of Russia flashmob in Sevastopol will show what young Russians feel about being part of their country. About three thousand citizens will take part in it – they will form a unified living Russian three-colored flag. Sevastopol Governor Dmitri Ovsyannikov will join in. Main celebration ceremonies are planned on March 18. It is official day off in Crimea and Sevastopol now. The Kremlin signed an agreement on Crimea’s accession to Russia at this day in 2014. Since 2015, this day has become an official holiday in Crimea and Sevastopol.
Russian public opinion research center has conducted a specialized public opinion poll. About 80% of respondents agreed that Crimea’s accession to Russia contributed to the success of the country. This percent is much higher than last year, when only 60% of population gave a positive answer to the same question. Almost 90% of citizens are sure that the Crimean people benefited a lot from this step too.