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Alternative Crimean history

About the detachment from Ukraine and the Western sanctions seen with the eyes of Crimea.

The sanctions the West has initiated against Russia and Crimea came as a surprise to Vladimir Konstantinov. It was "as if a jealous neighbor, whom you still considered a fairly normal person, had found out that you were celebrating an event in your home, and by all means began to loosen up the heating system and sing obscene songs," writes he in his book  To Go One's Own Way. "If people in Crimea had any illusions about the objectivity of the West, they lost them on the day the sanctions were introduced," he continues.

Political trill. Konstantinov is an engineer and president of the 2010 autonomous republic parliament. He was central to the Ukraine disengagement process in connection with the Kiev coup in February 2014. The book is a personal and candid political thriller from Crimea's inner life during the country's fate – richly illustrated and with key agreements in print. The reader is in good company.

Crimea had been Russian for almost 200 years when the Ukrainian Nikita Khrushchev in 1954 transferred the peninsula to. . .

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Hoel is Master of Philosophy.

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