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    New holiday for Crimea...

    Russia will make the anniversary of its 18th century accession of the Crimean peninsula into the Russian Empire a public holiday, even as its more recent 2014 annexation continues to negatively impact Moscow’s international standing.

    Russia first absorbed Crimea in 1783 after Catherine the Great defeated the Ottomans. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev then transferred Crimea to Ukraine as a "gift" to mark the 300th anniversary of Ukraine's union with Russia in 1954. In March 2014, Russia seized the peninsula from Ukraine in a move that provoked international condemnation and Western sanctions.

    A new bill submitted by chairwoman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko and supported by dozens of lawmakers Monday would set April 19 as the day celebrating now only the historical annexation of Crimea, but also the days that the island of Taman and the basin of the Kuban River became part of the Russian empire.

    The contemporary referendum to “reunify” Crimea with Russia – rejected by most of the international community – marks a “logical continuation of the history of Russian Crimea,” the bill’s text reads.

    “I’m confident it will pass this year,” Matvienko told the Vedomosti business daily, of her proposed bill.

    The peninsula’s de-facto leader Sergei Aksyonov said he supports the measure, and considers the annexation “one of the key events of national history.”
    Russia to Celebrate Crimea’s 18th Century Annexation

    Catherine II, or Ekaterina the Great, as Russians call her, arriving to Crimea


    Simferopol, Crimea's capital, now has a monument to her

    It was originally put up by Emperor Alexander III in the 1880s; but removed by the Soviets who, of course, didn't like monarchist symbols lol Crimeans had long wanted it back, in the 90s and early 2000s, but the Ukrainian government never allowed it. But in 2016, with Crimea back under the Russian flag, Ekaterina was restored back to her rightful place of honor in Simferopol.

    That article, written by a foreigner, does not, btw, give the full context for why Catherine decided to crush the Tatars and take Crimea militarily once and for all.

    Here is the full context

    These Cossacks are attacking a Crimean Tatar raiding party, to rescue Slavic villagers they had captured and are dragging to Crimea to be sold as slaves, either among own aristocracy or to the Ottoman Turks.

    Lots of women were sold into sexual slavery this way back then

    while they also took strong, able bodied men to be forcibly worked on farms and other places.

    That is how Crimean Tatars had lived for centuries, raiding nearby Russian and Ukrainian communities and abducting people into slavery. Something which the likes of much esteemed Mustafa Jemilev do not like to talk about today...

    That is what Catherine sent her troops into Crimea to end, once and for all.

    She is being greatly venerated, lately. And I, personally, think it is well deserved too, she really was one of Russia's greatest leaders ever, despite herself not even being Russian by birth (she was a German princess from Germany who married into Russian royalty and ended up inheriting the throne from her early dying husband lol).

    Perhaps her biggest accomplishment, even more than Crimea, was her education reform, which quite simply established, for the first time, actual schools for regular peasant kids (before, education was only for the aristocracy and the clergy, the peasants were kept illiterate); the school system established by Ekaterina endured all the way until the Bolshevik Revolution


    She could also be a ruthlessly merciless woman, as the position has always demanded of any ruler of Russia; I wrote here about how she crushed the Pugachev rebellion: Comic offends whole nation lol

    Back in 2015, a historic drama about her came out on Russian TV


    That one, however, focused less on her grand achievements (though it certainly showed the conquest of Crimea in nice detail) and more on her much rumored romantic escapades


    Having inherited an Empire at an early age, as now a single, beautiful, and VERY rich young lady, lets just say Ekaterina had many, many men in her life, most of them shameless gold-diggers (who says only women can be that hehe)


    She is remembered for that as much as for anything else, and many biographical works about her, Russian and foreign, had examined that side of her life


    Famous Russian pop star Irina Allegrova has an iconic song about Ekaterina, "Shalnaya Imperatritsa" ("Wild Empress") which is all about the indeed wild parties and orgies that Empress allegedly threw at her palaces with all lovers lmao


    Fascinating woman, Ekaterina was...
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    I'm still waiting for Festivus to be recognized as an official holiday in this country.

    "A Festivus for the rest of us."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    I'm still waiting for Festivus to be recognized as an official holiday in this country.

    "A Festivus for the rest of us."
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus

    Interesting. Maybe I'll start celebrating that lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus

    Interesting. Maybe I'll start celebrating that lol
    It's better than some of our current "official" holidays.

    Exhibit A: Columbus Day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    It's better than some of our current "official" holidays.

    Exhibit A: Columbus Day.
    lol BTW, there is a holiday in Crimea just today: Crimean Tatar National Flag Day.

    Which the evil Russian occupiers did NOT prevent the Tatars from celebrating (in fact, it was the evil Russian occupiers who actually made it an official holiday, post-2014, the fucking Ukrainians never did lol)





    Some Tatsrs were even allowed to go for an organized ride to mainland Russia across the new bridge



    When various Ukrainian and Western groups talk of repressions on Tatars in Crimea, this is an exaggeration. Only those of Tatars who have actively opposed Russian rule have suffered for it (as have others who did same, of any ethnicity).

    Those who peacefully accepted and embraced the new reality are not affected by any of that

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