The exhibition of photographs "Crimea today", dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the reunification of Crimea with Russia, was opened in the Russian center of science and culture in Athens and aroused great interest among the Greek public.
"Today's exhibition is not about the beautiful landscapes of the Crimea, which are very, very similar to the beautiful landscapes of Greece. This exhibition is about people, about free people, their everyday life and holidays, about people who expressed their position, about the life of today and tomorrow with Russia", - Director of the Russian center for science and culture Aleksandr Khomenko noted at the opening.
The organizer of the exhibition, the head of the public organization "Face to face: Promoting dialogue of religions and cultures" Raphael Feinberg noted that 15 photographers have been working on the exhibition for four years.
"Day-to-day they were taking photos of Crimean life. The result of our work was an exhibition. It consists of 140 photos. Here, for technical reasons, only one part of the exhibition is presented. I want to note that among the photos there is not a single staged frame. All of them were taken from real life. The exhibition was a success or not - judge you, " the organizer said.
Advisor to the Russian Embassy in Greece Vasily Gavrilov said that for five years after reunification Crimea with Russia the impressive results were achieved. "Huge efforts are being made to build the infrastructure of the Crimea. New roads are being built. The huge Crimean Bridge was built. In autumn, it will begin railway traffic. The number of tourists is growing. Last year, almost 6.5 million tourists visited Crimea, " Mr. Gavrilov said.
According to him, in Crimea people live peacefully, all their rights are observed. "People of almost a hundred nationalities live in Crimea, including several thousand Greeks. Modern Greek is taught in schools. The Greeks hold a variety of festivals. We sincerely believe that Crimea will become a strong link in relations between Russia and Greece," Mr. Gavrilov said.
General Secretary of the Greek-Russian Union, General major of the air force retired, Chairman of the Union of retired officers of the Greek air force Pavlos Christus wished prosperity and peace to Crimeans. According to him, in Crimea the Greeks have all the privileges. "After 2014, when Crimea was reunited with mother-Russia, large investments were made, public and private. The result was social well-being and the fact that people live peacefully with each other. I had the opportunity to visit the Crimea, I will participate the Yalta International Economic Forum – a strategic forum, where people come from all over the world, where serious topics are discussed," - said Mr. Christus.
Former Deputy Minister of defense of Greece, a member of the Greek Association "Friends of the Crimea" Kostas Isichos said that photos show today's face of the Crimea. "This exhibition is an opportunity for the Greek people to learn news not staged, but from people. Crimea will not be permanently isolated by the West, which violates international law and treaties. Crimea will become a gateway for the peoples of the region to the Black sea and the Aegean sea. The Argonauts will begin the way to Greece, and in the Crimea", - said Mr. Isichos.
Dozens of people have visited the opening of the exhibition – representatives of the Greek public, journalists, artists. There was a queue to leave a record for the guest book. "A wonderful exhibition! This is a window to the Crimea, a window to Russia," visitors wrote.