14:00 Mar. 16, 2016
Series of interviews with post-Soviet leaders on Crimea's annexation result in project 'Russia & Me'
An interview project titled Russia and Me, presents exclusive interviews with leaders who in 1991 helped establish or restore the independence of Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, and Ukraine. Their recollections are personal and individual, but they all reference the common historical moment when the constituent republics of the Soviet Union asserted their independence from Moscow.
On February 27, 2014, Russian troops wearing uniforms without insignia took control of the main government buildings in Crimea. Three weeks later, Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula following a referendum widely considered to be rigged. RFE/RL's Anna Sous spoke with 12 former post-Soviet leaders for her interview series, Russia & Me. Seven gave her their views on those events.