It happened--Russia "annexed" the Crimea after a one-way vote by Russians in the Crimea, who approved Russia taking back the area. This was the first annexation since World War II. Russia has stepped into the vacuum of the inaction of the Western powers and did what Vladimir Putin said two weeks ago he would not do, annex the Crimea. Putin also says that the Kremlin has no further designs on the territory. Perhaps not there, but there are all those Baltic countries that were once part of the Soviet Union. . . .
An activist, Reshat Ametov, an ethnic Tartar who protested the occupation and was last seen in Simferapol, Ukraine, was found murdered. At least 14 journalists and anti-annexation activists have gone missing.
The thuggish ways of the old Soviet Union are re-born, no dissent allowed. Staged trials, imprisonment, poison, murder are the tools used for compliance and silence.
There is an expression in Russian, "na leva" which means the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing.
The left hand has been very busy.