March 13, 2014

To Get Crimea Back, Help Make Ukraine Prosperous

The Economist, The Economist

The Associated Press

IT’S not the voting that matters, Joseph Stalin once observed, but the counting. At the illegitimate referendum to be held in Crimea on March 16th, the Kalashnikov-wielding men in balaclavas and the absurdly skewed ballot paper may also play a role. Like Vladimir Putin’s surreal claim that the elite troops who have overrun the peninsula are merely local volunteers, the referendum would be laughable, were it not—like Mr Putin’s invasion—dreadfully real.

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TAGGED: Russia, Ukraine, Crimea


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