The inevitable story appears and it isn't pretty. It's hard to change countries. So the citizens of Crimea report in the NY Times. New laws, new bureaucrats, new plans. The locals are finding that Russian officials may not be as efficient as the ones they booted out after the referendum on March 18. And many more of them seem to be applying for passports. Which direction will they be going? Perhaps the high point of schadenfreude are the methodone users who voted for union with Russia but find their heroin alternative is illegal under Russian law and in short supply. Their rations have been halved and are likely to dry up.
Has Putin bitten off more than he can chew? Billions promised. A bridge to come. Will he be forced to annex Eastern Ukraine to relieve the delivery of everything problem? Should we expect a citizen uprising? So many things to think about! Steinfels