- Washington Post Breaks Ranks with Other US & UK Media, ADMITS Polls Show Crimeans Prefer to be Part of Russia
by Bryan MacDonald, https://www.rt.com/
One of the curious things about Western media coverage of Crimea since 2014 has been the consistent narrative that Russia’s reabsorption of the peninsula was carried out against the will of locals.
Look, you can make legitimate arguments about international law and the way the process was carried out. But attempts to give the impression Moscow somehow dragged residents kicking and screaming into the Russian Federation have always been ridiculous.
The overwhelming majority of Crimeans want to be part of Russia. This fact is not disputed by any credible expert on the post-Soviet space and is also borne out by opinion polling, including surveys carried out by American and German companies.
For proof of which side feels more confident in its version of events, look at the attitudes to press access to Crimea in Ukraine and Russia. As far as Moscow is concerned, if a reporter – or anyone else, for that matter – wants to visit the peninsula, all they need is a bog-standard Russian visa, and off they go. However, Kiev has made it clear that any journalist who travels to Crimea, without its permission, will be banned from Ukraine; a severe impediment to anyone working on this beat for a western outlet.