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Courtesy of this answer on Travel.SE, most foreigners aren't allowed to cross from mainland Ukraine into Crimea, with a few narrow exemptions, at least as of 2015. Procedure for entry to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and exit from it mentions diplomatic and consular functions, journalist activities, and religious activities. So someone couldn't go to Crimea just to experience Crimean Tatar culture as a tourist, or learn the Crimean Tatar language, as far as I can tell.

Why are the exemptions for travel so narrow? What's the rationale?

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    To make it difficult to visit a place under foreign occupation? Seems a reason good enough to me. – SJuan76 Feb 18 '17 at 22:27
  • Considering Crimea is a geopolitically volatile place that is a big target for spies and rebels, its probably in Russia's best interests to keep Crimea on lockdown. – David says Reinstate Monica Feb 18 '17 at 22:42
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    Experiencing Crimean Tatar culture under the Russian okkupation is nowadays difficult even for the Crimean Tatars, leave alone the foreigners. It's like trying to visit Oświęcim/Auschwitz region of Poland in 1940 to learn the Polish Jews' culture. – bytebuster for Long Usernames Feb 18 '17 at 22:56
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    @David the ban is imposed by Ukraine, not Russia. – Andrew Grimm Feb 18 '17 at 23:11
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    @bytebuster "come on Bytebuster, while Stalin's actions in 1944 can rightfully be called a genocide, comparing modern day Russia with nazi Germany is [clicks link] ... oh." To be pedantic, that was destroying Ukrainian culture, not Crimean Tatar culture. – Andrew Grimm Feb 18 '17 at 23:34

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