The so-called Chairman of the Social and Humanitarian Affairs Committee of the occupied Sevastopol Tatiana Shcherbakova openly admitted that before the Russian annexation of Crimea, the aggressor invested billions into the local elite in order to obtain their loyalty.
“The multi-billion infusion into the economy of the neighboring country in the hope of obtaining the elite’s loyalty, unfortunately, has not yielded results. Much more effective were the investments in education and culture. Subject "Sevastopolevedenie" (“Sevastopol studies”), work with groups of cultural institutions and all sorts of scientific Humanitarian Forums in Sevastopol, probably, created the mentality that has allowed the Sevastopol residents to concentrate in dangerous times and, eventually, resulted in what we have now. Cultural activities, the study of the native language, literature and national history - all this helps to maintain the spiritual and moral foundations of the "Russian World,” Shcherbakova said delivering her speech at "The Great Russian Word" festival Sobytiya Kryma reports.
Speaker of Russia's Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, who also attended "The Great Russian Word” festival, said that after 2014 Russia adjusted its policy "in respect of compatriots and strengthening relations with foreign ‘Russian world,’ which brings together tens of millions of people in more than 100 countries." The day before, at the opening ceremony, Matvienko said that Russia "must keep working hard to support interest in the Russian language abroad."
The Ukrainian Parliament set the official date of Crimea’s annexation as February 20, 2014.