Five Signs of Less than Universal Russian Approbation of Crimean Anschluss

2017/3/19 0:09:40

Vladimir Putin didn’t appear at any of these festivities, an unusual absence given his earlier talk about the “sacred” meaning of Crimea for Russia and Russians


By Paul Goble for “Window on Eurasia”:


March 18 – Today, on the third anniversary of Putin’s Crimean Anschluss, the Russian government is orchestrating demonstrations across Russia in support of that action ( But there are five signs that popular support for “Crimea is Ours” is far from universal:




  • Third, Kazan did not have a mass meeting in support of the annexation this year unlike in the last two because in the words of one Tatarstan official: “Crimea now is not part of the information agenda of Tatarstan” (; cf. confirmation of this in the comments of Kazan residents (






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