Putin announces investment in Crimea, stressing ‘inseparable links’ to Russia
Russian President chooses Chekhov House Museum to meet cultural leaders of recently annexed region
By Javier Pes. Web only
Published online: 16 August 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Crimea last week, and made a point of visiting the Chekhov House Museum in Yalta.
Crimea was a special place for the author and playwright, he reminded a group of Crimea’s cultural leaders. “I wanted us to meet here so that we could remember the cultural and historic heritage of Crimea, which is inseparably linked to the culture and history of Russia,” Putin said. Anton Chekhov wrote some of his best-known works, including “The Cherry Orchard”, in the dacha he built in the coastal resort towards the end of his life.
Putin referred to other Russian luminaries associated with the region: Pushkin, Tolstoy and Gorky. And he singled out “another unique museum in Crimea” in the home of the Kiev-born poet and painter Maximilian Voloshin.
Earlier on Thursday, 14 August, Putin addressed the State Duma deputies and federal ministers in Yalta where, according to the Kremlin website, he announced that over the next six years Rb700bn [around $19.5bn] would be injected into the region, which was annexed from Ukraine by Moscow in March. Cultural tourism was a priority, he said, as “only the cultural and historic heritage of Crimea creates its true spirit”. A rich cultural life will help make Crimea as famous and attractive as it used to be, he said.
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