Pro-Russian Crimeans in Sevastopol celebrate a Kremlin-orchestrated March 16 referendum that paved the way for Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. Leading Russian opposition figure Andrei Illarionov argues that regardless of the moods of pro-Russian citizens on the peninsula, it has to be returned to Ukraine. He says it will become a litmus test for the opposition's true values.
Photo by Anastasia Vlasova
This is one’s attempt to persuade oneself and others to recognize the new reality.