I keep receiving dozens of messages with supportive words a multitude comments and questions. I want to thank all of you for not staying apart. In the meantime (unfortunately) I don’t have enough time to give thorough answers to all your messages in personal correspondence. Therefore I will quote the most common issues on this blog to give my interpretations.
Then I want to start with a thing that many people want to know:
What the Crimean people political views are?
Obviously I cannot represent all my compatriots. But I am trying hard to understand them. I am not a sociologist, my investigation is very subjective. It is based on my own knowledge of the world and people around me.
There are a few groups with different positions and of course those who have no position at all. I will make bold to characterize each group. I am listing the groups in the order of increasing starting with smallest (the quantitative characteristics are subjective too):
1. The smallest group is those people who believe that Crimea is able to exist as a totally independent state. Those are poorly informed people who don’t even know that Crimean budget is 65% subsidized by Ukraine. Sevastopol is 80% subsidized by Ukraine.
2. The second smallest group — those who believe and desire Russia to accept Crimea. This group is very active (especially in Sevastopol) and that’s why it looks bigger than it really is. This group is represented by pro-Russian political parties and pro-Russian public organizations which are generously financed by Russia.
3. Those who support the idea of unitary Ukraine and Crimean Autonomy within it (the status quo). The same time the majority of this group stands up for increasing the power of the institutions of local governing and decentralization of the tax structure. This group also includes all Crimean Tatars.
4. The biggest group — those people who identify themselves rather Russian than Ukrainians because of their language and cultural belongings. In the meantime their political views are not so evident. Peace is more important for them then political belonging. In the recent time this group got under the monstrous (both by scale and essence) Kremlin propaganda. Another feature of this group is passivity, unwilling to take decisions. They don’t believe that something depends on them.
The quantitative characteristics of those groups are not constant. The main tendency is the spilling from the group #4 towards both #2 and #3.