Its all about the money, stupid.
Crimean voters look on Russia as Sugar Mommy. They’d be stupid not to take Moscow up on all the ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching, coming in.
Future generations will decide if it was folly or a sound investment.
Yes, especially when the flip side of the coin is EU/IMF imposed Greek-style austerity.
Are you this delusional to think Putin a Soviet KBB agent had an actual vote?
These people have tanks and men wearing black masks in thecstreets all around them !
The outside media was barred from the voting areas!
The Russians killed or imprisioned millions of Ukraines , turks, greeks in the last century in this region.
Reading your non stop pro Putin propaganda is surreal.
Are you kidding us with your crazy posts.
Not sure the people have a choice...sure they are letting people vote but really the election is corrupt and with Russian troops right there who could really stand up and say anything against what is happening?
All the promises sound familiar though...how people will all be so much better off...we keep being told the same thing...
Russians in Crimea have long gone to Russia to work because of the vast wage differences.
The one thing I’ve read over and over again is Crimea wasn’t exactly treated well by the Ukranian Gov., no matter who was in office. So the Russians were more than happy to vote for Russian standards...
Gas 60% less in itself would be substantial savings to a family. And the military differences are astounding.
However, if the Ukrain’s can get their act together...years down the road, they MAY be in a better place themselves...but I tend to doubt it. All this money flowing from IMF, World Bank and the US etc. are LOANS. to Ukraines already bankrupt country. Unless business and industy go there few will do better as I see it ...even in the long run.
Most nations in that area under EU are not doing well at all after joining Nato etc....certainly not in the ways the people were led to believe would be.
As usual politicans and the Globalists talk big...follow through is another matter altogether.