From the late 18th century Crimea was a part of Russia; that was until 1954 when Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, issued a decree transferring the small Black Sea peninsular from Russia to Ukraine which was still a part of the USSR. Crimea is, to this day, mostly populated by Russians, though there are also many Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars. The current situation on the peninsula is tense and complicated, people are divided; some of them want Crimea to return to being a part of Russia, others support an undivided Ukraine. A referendum on Crimea's future status will take place on March 16th 2014. RT sent a camera crew to Crimea to hear directly from some residents of this troubled part of the world.
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