Crossing the line

Print edition : April 04, 2014

A poster in Sevastopol on March 11 reading "On March 16 we will choose either... or...", depicting Crimea in red with a swastika and covered in barbed wire and Crimea with the colours of the Russian flag. Photo: VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin. If he reasserts control over Ukraine, his popularity in Russia will shoot up, but if the crisis drags on and Russia ends up with a hostile Ukraine and spoiled relations with the West, he may face a dangerous surge in discontent at home. Photo: Alexei Nikolsky/AP

Moscow sees the West’s meddling in Ukraine as an encroachment on Russia itself.

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