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Comment These days, the Kremlin needs a hero like Sergey Karjakin. The year-old, chess grand master was born in Crimea and is a fan of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Soon Karjakin will have the chance to face-off against Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen, a duel that approaches the legendary contest between Spasski and Fischer, which took place at a time when East and West were adversaries in the Cold War.
Back then, the face-off was also a symbolic battle about the superiority of a political system. Now it's once again East versus West, this time under the peculiar auspices of the Crimean crisis.
Karjakin had decided to play for the Russian national team as early as When Putin annexed Crimea just over two years ago, he cheered the Russian conquest and still appears in public in T-shirts bearing Putin's likeness.
At a referendum on March 16,95 percent of Crimean citizens allegedly voted to join Russia. Neither the EU nor the US believed the vote was fair and free; in their eyes, the annexation did and does violate international law, and the territory still belongs to Ukraine.
The Russian press these days portrays the situation in Crimea as heavenly -- as a peninsula filled with happy people who are grateful to have been "freed" from Ukraine's yoke.
The media in the US and Europe, by contrast, paint a radically different image: What is the truth? Why is Crimea, a relatively small region with a population of 2 million, so important to such a large number of Russians? So important that, despite the downsides of the annexation, they praise their president for his military Blitzkrieg and give Putin high popularity ratings?
And what do the people in Crimea think? The Difficult Beauty There is a Mediterranean smell in the air, lemon trees and rosemary, the lightness of being, with hills reminiscent of the Black Forest, palm trees like on the Cote D'Azur and a deep blue sea.
With its seaside promenade and hotels in renovated art nouveau villas, it is immediately clear why Baden-Baden and Nice are Yalta's sister cities. It is imbued with the spirit of bygone eras: In a region viewed by Russians with dreamy nostalgia, Yalta is the epitome of weepy romanticism.
Ever since the end of the 18th century, when Catherine the Great incorporated it into her empire, it has been seen as the Arcadia of an entire nation. The country's greatest writers, from Pushkin to Chekov and Brodsky, all praised Crimea as if it was their beloved.
A beloved that they and their countrymen are, of course, entitled to. It is springtime in Yalta, just before the tourist season is set to get going in earnest, and Yalta is sprucing up.Aug 06, · Watch video · The Russians will do what’s best for Trump without regard for what any of us want or expect.
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Incidentally, while counter-mainstream commenters in the West are hardly well compensated, . Mongol Rule of Russia The Mongol generals then turned against the Polovsti, who, in defeat, fled in the direction of Galacia and Kiev and appealed to the Russian princes—Mstislav Staryi of Kiev, Mstislav Udaloi of Galacia, and Vladimir of Suzdal—for intervention.
Jebe and Subotai managed to evade the Russians for more than nine . Akin to the Cold War, we face a long-term challenge that has to be managed and mitigated.
For as long as we use the Internet, adversaries like those in Putin's Russia will seek to exploit it and us. The question now is our response.
Different accounts on how the Russians got their demonym, or the word "Rus" is a subject still hotly debated today. Generally in the West, most assume that it was Rurik who lent his name to the Russians/History | Rise of Nations Wiki | .
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