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This year marks five years since the Crimea Peninsula became part of the Russian Federation. A variety of events in honor of this historic event have been held throughout the globe. The Russian-speaking community in Argentina has organized a flash mob dedicated to Crimea’s reunification with Russia, despite certain political differences on the issue. And activists of the Argentine Youth Organization "Phoenix" have set up Crimea Friends Club, which flung its doors open for all like-minded people in Buenos Aires on June 27.
On January 29, 1942, an estimated 2,000 Italians resident in Kerch were ordered out of their homes and sent out to Kazakhstan in what essentially was an ethnic deportation authorized by Josef Stalin in retribution for the Italian military joining the German invasion of the Soviet Union. Kerch was occupied by Nazi Germany on November 16, 1941 and liberated by the Red Army on December 30.