Sunday, 16 March 2014

Referendum results

The provisional figure is 95.5% in favour of union with Russia. That might go up overnight. I speculated yesterday: "Will Russia settle for something marginally realistic like 87% ... or will it go all out for a North Korean-style fantasy figure of 96% plus? I'm now inclined towards the latter." Well, Russia has indeed gone North Korean and it gives me no great pleasure to see that my estimate was pretty accurate, especially when Russian media figures like Dmitry Kiselev are now indulging in North Korean-style nuclear rhetoric and threatening to turn the US to powder.

Update: 96.77%. Wow.

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