During a mysterious period of absence from public view, controversy erupted around Russian President Vladimir Putin sharing his reflections on the annexation of Crimea in 2014, after a trailer for the documentary was screened on March 11, 2015. By March 15, following the Russian president’s ten-day disappearance from public view, the pre-recorded documentary, “Crimea: the Way Home,” was aired on Rossiya 1. Putin shed light on the political-military decision to seize Crimea, its timing and the evaluation of its risks, including stating that he was ready to place Russian nuclear forces on alert under certain scenarios (Rossiya 1, March 15).
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Source: The Jamestown Foundation