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Crimea, which Russia wants to make part of its territory in defiance of Ukraine and the West, has long played an inspiring role in Russian culture, with the romantic rocky peninsula associated with iconic Russian novels, films and art works.There has long been in Russian culture a wistful yearning for Crimea, which became part of post-Soviet Ukrainian territory after USSR leader Nikita Khrushchev transferred it to the Soviet republic of Ukraine in the 1950s.Wealthy Russians queue up to buy the romantic seascapes by Ivan Aivazovsky, born in Feodosia in Crimea.Soviet culture saw Crimea as a place where people could let their hair down, a less orderly place than resorts like Sochi.In the comedy "Three Plus Two," from 1963, three young men take a Volga car down to camp on the Crimea shore, only to find that their spot has already been bagged by two feisty but pretty girls.
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