A Spurious Revisionist History
One feels a bit embarrassed after reading “To Russia With Love” (April 3, 2020), by John O’Loughlin, Gerard Toal, and Kristin Bakke. The authors claim to have measured the public sentiments of Crimeans and found that the majority of the population feels happy about life under Russian occupation. The article invokes the vocabulary of modern democratic politics: polls, referendums, and surveys.
But there are several fundamental problems with measuring popular opinion during an illegal occupation. There is no free environment in Crimea in which one can express political views, especially if those views contradict the Kremlin’s line. Moreover, the people