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WHEN RUSSIA GAVE KRIM TO UKRAINE
by Benn Yogarni
Autopsy of an Empire: Seven Leaders who ruled the Soviet Regime by Dmitri Vologonov (NYC: Free Press, 1997)(523pp):
p.197: "In 1938 Nikita Krushchev was appointed First Secretary of the Communist Party in the Ukraine. After returning to Moscow a year later he always retained a soft spot for his days in the Ukraine…"
p.198: "Discussion in the Central Committee came to how best to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the reunification of Ukraine with Russia. Comrade Krushchev suggested we give them Crimea as a gift. No one objected".
p.201: "The formal decision was made on 19th Februa 1954. It was announced in the press one week later to the utter indifference of all, even the Ukraine. They were used to the paramount leader making unilateral announcements".
How had Russia obtained Crimea? From 1771-1791 the Russian had fought the Ottoman Turks for possession of their territory in Crimea. At the end of fighting Russia had captured.