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Soviet Sevastopol In 2015

Since being annexed by Russia, Crimea has been described as a "Soviet reservation." Flags, banners, signs and architecture all recall Soviet times. Shortages of certain goods and isolation from the outside world reinforce the atmosphere of the communist era.

A cafe called "Russian Bistro," decorated with a portrait of Stalin, in Sevastopol. The sign reads "Glory to the great Russian nation, nation of victors!"
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A cafe called "Russian Bistro," decorated with a portrait of Stalin, in Sevastopol. The sign reads "Glory to the great Russian nation, nation of victors!"

In Sevastopol the tradition of congratulating veterans on VE day is still alive. Schoolchildren stick up homemade cards with Soviet iconography.
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In Sevastopol the tradition of congratulating veterans on VE day is still alive. Schoolchildren stick up homemade cards with Soviet iconography.

A Soviet-style monument on the Square of the Rebels, in Sevastopol.
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A Soviet-style monument on the Square of the Rebels, in Sevastopol.

Posters celebrating the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany, on the windows of the cafe at the Sevastopol Art Museum.
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Posters celebrating the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany, on the windows of the cafe at the Sevastopol Art Museum.

An advert for an exhibition of World War II posters in Sevastopol.
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An advert for an exhibition of World War II posters in Sevastopol.

This poster proclaims: "It's time to join the Communist Party!"
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This poster proclaims: "It's time to join the Communist Party!"

At Sevastopol bus station, there are even retro soda machines.
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At Sevastopol bus station, there are even retro soda machines.

This Russian fast-food chain is called "Soviet Pelmeni (dumpling) House." The fork instead of the hammer with the sickle gives a contemporary twist to the traditional communist symbol.
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This Russian fast-food chain is called "Soviet Pelmeni (dumpling) House." The fork instead of the hammer with the sickle gives a contemporary twist to the traditional communist symbol.

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