March 28, 2014

Why Putin's Crimea Grab Will Backfire

Michael Bohm, The Moscow Times

The Associated Press

On the surface, President Vladimir Putin’s swift annexation of Crimea was a rousing success. Russian forces easily seized the region, and Putin saw his already high approval rating soar above 70 percent. Many Russians are applauding Putin as a hero who stood up to the West, defended Russians’ rights and rectified a historical injustice.

But rallying around the flag after a seemingly successful military operation is nothing new.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Crimea, Ukraine, Eurasian Union

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