WorldViews: Russia’s new plan for Crimea: Vegas on the Black Sea?

By Adam Taylor, April 21, 2014

Once upon a time, Crimea wasn't just known just for being a geo-political gray area it has become in the past few weeks. Instead, it was a place for the Russian elite to vacation: The Russian imperial family would spend time there from the mid-19th century onward, and when hard-liners tried to force Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev out in a coup in 1991, he was at his vacation home on the peninsula.

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