RUSI JournalVolume 159Issue 3members only

Sevastopol: Crimean Citadel from Potemkin to Putin

The forces of history and culture can be seen at play in Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea

Many saw Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 as a throwback not only to the Cold War, but to earlier memories of Russian imperialist aggression. In such a heated climate, it is essential to understand not only the strategic calculations of contemporary Russia but also its historical, cultural and emotional links to a region that has, for centuries, been at the heart of Russian national identity. Mungo Melvin brings to life this longstanding relationship in a

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Mungo Melvin

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