Posted inRussia

How Catherine the Great may have inspired Putin

In his speech legitimizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Vladimir Putin invoked 18th-century history. It was, after all, Catherine II (also known as Catherine the Great) who had first acquired the peninsula for Russia at the same time she seized what is now Belarusian territory in the first partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In […]

%d bloggers like this: