In Ukraine’s lost Crimean Peninsula, signs of Russian control increase at street level

By Carol Morello, Kathy Lally, March 26, 2014

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea — Every day more signs that Crimea is now part of Russia are reaching down to the street level, met by varying degrees of enthusiasm and bewilderment.

This week, the ruble became an official currency in Crimea, and it is slowly starting to work its way into the marketplace. Retirees began receiving their pensions in rubles Monday.

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