Based on this article from a US Leftist here. The US Left is horrible on the subject of Russia. They are as brainwashed and imperialist as any neocon. It is sickening.
Yes, Russian elections in the Crimea and elsewhere are crooked or ‘unfree’.
The problem here is it doesn’t matter. Repeated, completely fair opinion polls by anti-Russian Western pollsters have repeatedly found support for Russia’s annexation of Crimea at 83-8
Repeated polling by anti-Russian Western pollsters has found massive support for independence from the Ukraine. The latest poll showed that only