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Russian soldiers may be the only tourists in Crimea this year

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March 7, 2014, 2:37 p.m. | Business — by Evan Ostryzhniuk

The decorative Swallow's Nest castle in Yalta, Crimea, a popular resort town favored by many tourists.
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Evan Ostryzniuk

Evan Ostryzniuk is a long-serving ex-pat in Ukraine, having arrived from the UK after doing a PhD from Cambridge University. A Canadian citizen, Evan has worked in the journalistic, academic and financial fields for more than 15 years.

The Russian invasion of Crimea is putting the peninsula’s $5 billion tourism industry under threat. Once the playground of czarist royalty and Soviet elites, it is still a major destination for nearly 6 million tourists each year, a quarter of whom are Russian regulars. 

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