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More than two years after Russia annexed Crimea and promised its 2 million people a better life, residents say prices have soared, wages and pensions have stagnated and tourists have fled.A quarter of the town's 20,000 people work at the Crimea Titanium chemical plant, riding in dozens of identical green passenger buses to the factory from the town each morning, and back again in the afternoon.When Crimea was controlled by Ukraine, goods and services were affordable, and the plant's workers were able to treat themselves now and then, they say. That is only around half the average monthly income in Russia.Three other workers who spoke to Reuters described monthly salaries ranging from just 10,000 rubles for a laboratory assistant to 21,000 for a man who runs an engineering department.Russia is building a bridge to link Crimea to southern Russia which it hopes will establish a new supply route and reduce consumer prices.Russia announced plans to invest 680 billion rubles (around $10 billion) in Crimea between now and 2020 .When Crimea was controlled by Ukraine, 6 million tourists a year visited, according to official data.
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