Pro-Russian Crimeans have been out in force demanding that their voices be silenced forever under the grim heel of Soviet-style autocracy. Many have been taping their own phone calls and handing them in to Russian policemen, while others have voluntarily booked themselves onto the train to Siberia, hoping to find work.
‘We’re overwhelmed,’ said a KGB agent in Sevastopol. ‘It’s getting hard for us secret police to remain secret anymore. Once word gets round, you’re inundated with people requesting you to detain them without charge or falsify evidence against them.’
In the region’s capital, thousands of people took to the streets to demand an immediate suppression of their march. It all ended in violence when everyone fired shots at themselves and fled for their lives.