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Forbes tells the shocking truth about the Crimea and Ukraine

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Forbes tells the shocking truth about the Crimea and Ukraine 

American journalists hit below the belt, and the current administration in Washington and Kiev regime. In «Forbes» it is expressly stated that the situation in Crimea is diametrically opposed, and in Ukraine is very different from what is usually said in the US State Department daily briefings by the infamous Jen Psaki. 

The article is called "Year after the Russian annexation of the Crimea, local prefer Moscow to Kiev." Actually, the article is based primarily on two studies, authoritative Western sociological structures - from American Gallup and German GFK. The latter, incidentally, is the largest structure of its kind in Germany, and one of the four leading sociological "offices" in the world. So doubt the results of its research, I think there is no reason to even the most hardened Westerners. 

After analyzing the survey results, journalist Kenneth Raposa comes to a shocking result for the inhabitants of the Western world, the conclusions about the situation in Crimea: "The locals - whether Ukrainians, ethnic Russian or Tatars - agree on one thing: life with Russia is better than living with Ukraine. " He reminds readers about the study conducted by Gallup in conjunction with the Supervisory Board for International Broadcasting in 2014 in Crimea. 

Almost 83% of the population of Crimea was then told that the results of the March referendum actually correspond to the wishes and aspirations of the inhabitants of the peninsula. Almost 74% of respondents were confident that reunification with Russia have a positive impact on their quality of life, in the reverse was sure of only 5.5% of the people. And Now, in January-February 2015 the results of years of life in the Crimean Russian decided to bring the German GFK. 

And these results were for the West simply sensational. 82% of Crimeans reported unequivocal approval of reunification of the Crimea with Russia. Another 11% - favor the most part. Total positive about the results of the referendum in March 2014, for a moment, 93% of the population of the Crimea! Disapprove reunion only 2% of the population. Kenneth Raposa said that the results of studies of two prestigious Western institutions strongly suggest that the outcome of the referendum in 2014 are totally objective. 

Only 1% of the population of the peninsula believes that the Ukrainian media to provide unbiased information about what is happening in the Crimea. Another 4% said the Ukrainian media "more objective". 45% of Crimeans consider Ukrainian media absolutely false, and another 35% - more false than true. Lets go, by the way, and at the time of the study GFK, which Raposa, not illuminated. Only 13% of Crimeans believe that their financial situation over the last deteriorated year (remember the Ukrainian horror stories about "starving" the Crimea). 

21% of the population believes that its financial position for the year improved significantly, 30% - just improved, 35% said that their financial situation remained somewhere on the same level as last year. For comparison, in Ukraine at the same time, Ukrainian sociologists 94% of the population declared a sharp deterioration in the well-being!

The top issue that worries Crimeans - it is a conflict in the East of Ukraine (for the most current 42%). She was inferior to inflation (40%), transport isolation of Crimea (22%) and personal financial problems (19%). Kenneth Raposa same "finishes" the Ukrainian patriots and American fans to interfere in the affairs of others. He notes that in the Crimean society there is unity and unanimous approval of the existing course of the republic, but in the case of Ukraine, neither of which unity can not be out of the question. He says that, according to the same Western sociological institutions in Ukrainian society there is a severe split that objectively threatens the territorial integrity of the country. 

The course of integration into the EU supports only 19% of the population of East and 26% of the population of the South of Ukraine (as it is very different from the data Ukrainian "sociologists"!), while in Western Ukraine - 84% North - about 60% and Central - about half. Support for Ukraine's accession to NATO in the south-east - is even lower than the support for EU accession. And even in Western Ukraine supporters of such a solution - about 53%. 

The tendency to European integration in various regions of Ukraine and coincides with the relation to the US and its role in the events 2013-2014 years. "Forbes" - one of the most respected publications in the world, showing the position of a large part of Western elites. And the article by Kenneth Raposa - a kind of surrender that part of the elite before the real fact - Crimea became Russian in the first place because of the position of its inhabitants. 

And with the "Euro-Atlantic" Elections in Ukraine - all "is not so clear."In Ukraine, meanwhile, forged virtual reality, the purpose of which - a total manipulation and maintenance of martial spirit among the ultra. Almost all the major Ukrainian media completely ignored the results of research and authoritative GFK Gallup, but all the top Ukrainian editions spread the news with a shocking headline: "Most of the Crimean want to go back to Ukraine." 

The source of this cheap stuffing - has already become frankly tabloid "Crimea. Realities. " In it, we can admire the original source of the news. Despite the sensational headline, text material, the author acknowledges that this is absolutely not about social research, and about a certain "online survey" allegedly conducted online edition of the respected "Crimean truth."Casket, as it turned out very simply opened. 

The very "Crimean Truth" said an attack on the site. It is actually blocked, and gave it plenty of frolic Ukrainian bots (famous informational troops?) In order to make the "right" in a survey of the screen. If the real mood and actual results of opinion polls are not the same as we would like to see Kiev, they can just to falsify site. And then in the voluntary-compulsory to publish in the media. This situation in the best way demonstrates what it takes any information published Ukrainian "journalists." 

And the most disgusting thing about this is that the people of the North-West of Ukraine who do not have the Crimea, as a rule, "live" contacts, believe this nonsense. And many are even willing to go to "beat" the republic in arms. In general, an article in the «Forbes» - a very positive sign, saying that the sane forces in Western society are trying to attack the "hawks" who live in the world of fantasy. Before the victory of common sense is still far away, but Down and Out the trouble started.

Here is the Forbes Article:

Kenneth Rapoza Contributor

I cover business and investing in emerging markets.

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

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One Year After Russia Annexed Crimea, Locals Prefer Moscow To Kiev

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The U.S and European Union may want to save Crimeans from themselves. But the Crimeans are happy right where they are.

One year after the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula in the Black Sea, poll after poll shows that the locals there — be they Ukrainians, ethnic Russians or Tatars are mostly all in agreement: life with Russia is better than life with Ukraine.

Little has changed over the last 12 months. Despite huge efforts on the part of Kiev, Brussels, Washington and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the bulk of humanity living on the Black Sea peninsula believe the referendum to secede from Ukraine was legit. At some point, the West will have to recognize Crimea’s right to self rule. Unless we are all to believe that the locals polled by Gallup and GfK were done so with FSB bogey men standing by with guns in their hands.

In June 2014, a Gallup poll with the Broadcasting Board of Governors asked Crimeans if the results in the March 16, 2014 referendum to secede reflected the views of the people. A total of 82.8% of Crimeans said yes. When broken down by ethnicity, 93.6% of ethnic Russians said they believed the vote to secede was legitimate, while 68.4% of Ukrainians felt so. Moreover, when asked if joining Russia will ultimately make life better for them and their family, 73.9% said yes while 5.5% said no.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – MARCH 18: People attend a concert and rally marking the first anniversary of reunion of Crimea with the Russian Federation on March 18, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation on March 18, 2014. (Photo by Dmitry Azarov/Kommersant/Getty Images)

In February 2015, a poll by German polling firm GfK revealed that attitudes have not changed. When asked “Do you endorse Russia’s annexation of Crimea?”, a total of 82% of the respondents answered “yes, definitely,” and another 11% answered “yes, for the most part.” Only 2% said they didn’t know, and another 2% said no. Three percent did not specify their position.

With two studies out of the way, both Western-based, it seems without question that the vast majority of Crimeans do not feel they were duped into voting for annexation, and that life with Russia will be better for them and their families than life with Ukraine. A year ago this week, 83% of Crimeans went to the polling stations and almost 97% expressed support for reunification with their former Soviet parent. The majority of people living on the peninsula are ethnic Russians.

The U.S. made a big deal about the rights of ethnic minorities there known as the Tatars, which account for around 10% of the population. Of the 4% total that said they did not endorse Russia’s annexation, the vast majority — 55% — said that they feel that way because they believe it should have been allowed by Kiev in accordance with international law. Another 24% said the referendum vote was “held under pressure”, which means political or military threats to vote and vote in favor.

Russian singer Larisa Dolina joins president Vladimir Putin in song during a celebration marking the annexation of Crimea in Moscow. (Photo by Dmitry Azarov/Kommersant/Getty Images)

The GfK survey also asked if the Ukrainian media have given Crimea a fair assessment. Only 1% said that the Ukrainian media “provides entirely truthful information” and only 4% said it was “more often truthful than deceitful.”

For now, the Gallup and GfK polls show a deeply divided Ukraine. The division of political allegiances ultimately threatens Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Only 19% in the east and 26.8% in the southeast think Ukraine should join the European Union, while 84.2% in the west believe Ukraine is a natural fit with the E.U.. Nearly 60% in the north agree that E.U. is the place to be, and just under half in the center part of the country want E.U. integration.

NATO integration is even less supported in the southeast and east, and a little over a third in the center and north agree that Ukraine should join the Western military powers. In the west, that number rises to 53%.

Those numbers also coincide with Ukraine’s trust or distrust with Washington. The pro-integration west, north and center portions of Ukraine all view the U.S. role in the crisis as mostly positive. Well under a third say so in the east and southeast, and almost no one, including the Tatars, believe so in Crimea, GfK poll data suggests.

Interestingly enough, despite Russia’s involvement in the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine, only 35.7% of people polled there said they viewed Russia’s involvement as mostly positive while 71.3% of Crimeans were more in line with Russia’s world view, according to the year old poll from Gallup.

This week, the State Department’s press secretary Jen Psaki said sanctions on Russia will continue until Crimea is returned to Ukraine. Both the State Department and Treasury Department did not clarify whether that was an actual policy statement, nor whether that included the sectoral sanctions which were applied in a third round of sanctions last July following the downing of Malaysian flight MH17 over east Ukraine.

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