Life under total surveillance and control now the norm in Crimea, says writer
Old Soviet practice of denunciation has become commonplace, he says
He writes: The harder life gets in Crimea, the more people support Putin
editor’s Notes: “The writer lives and works in Crimea and has asked CNN to protect their identity. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.”
(CNN)How can I describe life in Crimea after a year under Russia’s control?
You start saying things like “Let’s not talk about this on the phone” and become careful about the Facebook pages you “like.”
Because total surveillance and control has become routine — like it was in the Soviet Union.
In just one year so much has been lost and many Crimeans seem to have forgotten rights that were part of everyone’s life.
There is a growing level of censorship, inequality and political repression of those who don’t agree with the government.