Under Russian control now, Crimea is already doing some old Soviet-style “for the common good” people relocating:
Ukraine’s breakaway region of Crimea will ask Tatars to vacate part of the land where they now live in exchange for new territory elsewhere in the region, a top Crimean government official said Tuesday.
Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said in an interview with RIA Novosti on Tuesday the new government in Crimea, where residents voted Sunday to become part of Russia, wants to regularize the land unofficially taken over by Crimean Tatar squatters following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
“We have asked the Crimean Tatars to vacate part of their land, which is required for social needs,” Temirgaliyev said. “But we are ready to allocate and legalize many other plots of land to ensure a normal life for the Crimean Tatars,” he said.
And by “elsewhere in the region” I’m assuming they mean they’ll be offered prime real estate near Chernobyl after Putin takes over the rest of Ukraine.
Joe Biden was asked what he thinks about the Crimean Tatars, and he said he prefers Russets.
Quote of the week from John Bolton: John Kerry dealing with Russia is like “sending a cupcake to negotiate with a steak knife.”
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