Celebration time

Print edition : May 01, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressing a rally to celebrate the anniversary of the formal integration of Crimea with the Russian Federation, at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 18. Photo: MAXIM SHIPENKOV/The New York Times

Sergei Aksyonov, Prime Minister of Crimea. Photo: MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

The audience at a concert in Simferopol on March 18 organised to mark the anniversary of the referendum. Photo: MAX VETROV/AFP

The canal that is being constructed to make Crimea self-sufficient in water. Photo: JOHN CHERIAN

One year after it voted to leave Ukraine, the Crimean peninsula is completely integrated with the Russian Federation and its people are making it clear that there is going to be no rethink about their future.
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