Few know that Greeks colonized the Crimean peninsula as far back as 2,600 years ago.
Although today the Greeks of the peninsula only number a few thousand, their legacy and connection to their Greek identity remains strong.
This year was no exception, with Pontian Greeks celebrating Christmas in a very typical way.
Adorned in traditional clothes and playing a lyra, the Pontian Greeks performed Christmas carols.
On Twitter, the Russian Embassy in Athens said:
"The Greeks of Crimean Russia celebrate Christmas. "Best wishes"!"
Οι Έλληνες της Κριμαίας #Ρωσία γιορτάζουν τα Χριστούγεννα.
Χρόνια Πολλά! https://t.co/LTEjcop4qy
— Rus Embassy, Greece (@RFEmbassyGr) December 27, 2020