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In the 1970s, when it became clear the Soviets were about to annex the Crimea, President Nikita Khrushchev was determined to stop the flow of foreign tourists to the Black Sea resort, Simferopol.
He imposed an embargo on tourism and a 10-year ban on imports of foreign goods.
Simferolians have been living in constant fear of Russian occupation ever since.
The current Russian-Ukrainian war is only the latest in a long list of problems Simferoiians have faced in recent years.
In a country that was once considered the envy of the Eastern Bloc, it has become a haven for drug addicts and other criminals, with the number of prostitutes and sex workers rising to an alarming level.
The war in Crimea is the latest development in the history of the country, where the Communist Party has taken a hard line against Russian aggression.
The war was launched as a response to the 1991 Gulf War, in which the United States invaded Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein.
Since then, Simfarolians in Simferovia have been forced to fight in the Ukrainian army, fighting for the region of the Black and Caspian Sea.
The battle in Crimea was launched in support of the separatists, who have been fighting Russian forces in the country since the mid-1990s.
The fighting has left over 2,000 people dead, and hundreds more have been wounded.
The Ukrainian government has been criticized for allowing the fighting to continue, and the Crimean government has taken steps to stop Russian forces from attacking its territory.
Despite the problems Simfarovians are experiencing, Simvertskiy says he is glad they are fighting for their independence.
“I think it is a great example of the way to do things in the modern world,” he said.
“You have to take care of your own destiny.”