Who has seized power in Crimea?

Vostok Cable

According to recent statements by Russian President Vladimir  Putin and his Foreign Minister, Sergei  Lavrov , Russia has claimed to be acting to protect the rights not just of citizens and military personnel, but also compatriots and Russian speakers in Crimea. But how far do Crimeans feel discriminated? Ellie Knott, a PhD student at the London School of Economics, draws on her research to answer this question.

Map of Crimea By Maximilian Dörrbecker , used under Wikimedia Commons licence. Map of Crimea
By Maximilian Dörrbecker, used under Wikimedia Commons licence.

In a previous article for Vostok Cable, I argued that there needed to be a more nuanced understanding of Russian identity in Crimea. Hence I differentiated between ethnic Russians who accept or enjoy living in a Ukrainian state, and Discriminated Russians, who identify not just as ethnically Russian but also as the victims of Ukrainisation.

It is the latter who have been heavily involved with pro-Russia movements, such…

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