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15:48 GMT +3 hours22 December 2014
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Picturesque Crimea: Palaces, mountains and the Black Sea

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  • The government of Russia has allocated almost 950 million rubles ($20.6 million) to relocate people from emergency housing in Crimea and Sevastopol.
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The Swallow's Nest is a Neo-Gothic decorative castle near the Crimean city of Yalta. It was built between 1911 and 1912 on top of the 40-meter high Aurora Cliff. The building is very compact in size.

Rulers and political regimes have many times changed in Crimea throughout the centuries, but the peninsula on the Black Sea remains a wonderful place to spend a vacation because of its mild climate and rich flora, as well as cultural and historic sites. Crimea is now an autonomous parliamentary republic which is governed by the Constitution of Crimea in accordance with the laws of Ukraine.