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Russia’s historical relationship with Crimea

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A pro-Russian activist sits inside a tent in front of Lenin's statue in Alupka, Crimea, 12 March, 2014
A pro-Russian activist sits inside a tent in front of Lenin's statue in Alupka, Crimea, 12 March, 2014 Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili

Russia’s intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea has been making headlines all over the world. RFI spoke with Edith Clowes, a specialist in Slavic studies at the University of Virginia, about Russia’s historical relationship with Crimea and how Russia’s national identity has long been tied to geographical conquest. 

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