“Thanks to the dignity of such people, our country still has dignity,” said Nikita Orlov, 49, a corporate manager. “Thanks to such people, we are alive.”
“It’s important to remember so what happened then can never repeat itself,” said Yekaterina Ivanova, 34. “That’s why I’ve come with my child, so she can understand from her earliest years how important it is.”
While North Korea’s border with Russia is only 11 miles long, it has served as a vital link to the outside world since the end of World War II, when the Kremlin helped establish the reclusive Communist state.
“I can’t go back because I’d be prosecuted as an extremist or a terrorist, since people who openly refuse to recognize the occupation of Crimea fall under the Russian criminal code,” said Olga Skripnik.