July 30th 2022. Shcholkine, Russian-occupied Crimea. Larisa (62) poses inside her apartment in a panelka building in Shcholkine. She moved to the city in 1978 with her husband just after they got married and heard about opportunities when the city was building itself around the construction site of the Crimean power plant. She studied to become a crane operator in Kerch for one year and then worked as a crane operator building panelkas. After the construction stopped due to the closing of the plant, she worked ten years as an armed guard around wind mills. She told us about living in shared wooden barracks for 6 years before getting a flat. She mentioned being glad that Crimea came back to Russia after the âreunificationâ and that, according to her tatars were about to attack Russians with full houses of weapons. She also mentioned that under Ukrainian administration there were often cuts of hot water and central heating but since the annexation there are no more issues with gas, water or electricity.
"The bridge is bringing more tourists and attention to this part of the coast which used to be at the very back of the peninsula".
"My nephew in Canada called us traitors, I can't understand how a close relative can say that"