„From now on and for all times Crimea will be Russian"
(Empress Katharina II., 1783)
Contemporary russian propaganda often refers to the turbulent history of Crimea and its importance to the russian cultural heritage.
In 1783 field marshal Potjomkin defeated Ottoman troups. Russian empress Katharina II. announced Crimea will be Russian „from now on and for all times". This narrative that Crimea is genuinely Russian lives on till the presence. Between 1942 and 1944 Crimea was annexed by Nazi-Germany. This theme is widespread in todays Russian propaganda as well. Maidan Protestors were put on the same level as the Nazis back then. In Sovjet times the Crimea was pictured as the embodiement of communist „paradise": Charming beaches, leisure time, happy people and no worries. After the collapse of USSR and Crimea becoming part of Ukraine many things stayed the same. In many minds the USSR is still living on.