ROSTOV: Roman, 18 (center), was heading home after a day of skateboarding with two friends in Rostov. All three boys recently moved to Rostov from nearby Ukraine to study.
Roman said his university plans changed after Russia annexed Crimea. A Russian by nationality, Roman grew up in Kerch, Crimea and initially planned to attend university in Kharkov, Ukraine.
However, he became a Russian citizen in March 2014, opening the door to universities on the Russian mainland.He chose to attend university in Rostov, about 10 hours by bus from Kerch, where his parents still live.
Roman, who would like to work as a programmer ”for a major company,” said he thought the change in university plans was for the best.
”If I could study anywhere in the former Soviet Union, I would still choose Russia because the education and job opportunities are better.”
Roman said the skateboarding is better in Rostov than in Crimea. ”The streets are more level and there is more asphalt.”