Krasnodar, 22 May – Yug Times. On May 15, Russia marked the first anniversary of the opening of the transport corridor between the Kuban region and the Crimean peninsula.
While the entire globe was watching the construction of this unique structure, some myths about the new bridge came into the picture. The main fake was the announcement that the bridge was not real. Some media wrote that it would be impossible to build a bridge over the Strait of Kerch, and that what was being shown on Russian TV was merely a hologram created by Mosfilm Studio. The other fears were as follows: the bridge would not stand the vehicle traffic and collapse, and any workload would be fatal for it; it would not survive the winter because of the movement of ice masses in the strait; the constructions of the bridge are moving hither and thither.
Meanwhile in Russia, hymning of the Crimean bridge began with a song composed by Leonid Chenyshov, a professional driver from Ivanovo. The author recounted that it had taken him a week to write the lyrics and the music, while he had been recalling his journey to Crimea some thirty years before, and that now he was dreaming to take his children to Crimea along the new bridge. The song was performed by the popular singer, Oleg Gazmanov. Since it was opened, five million vehicles have reportedly crossed the bridge. The yearly traffic more than tripled the number of vehicles transported by ferry over the strait in 2017.
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