Gee, what a surprise this is:
Many people in Russia would support a merger with neighbouring Ukraine, according to a poll by All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center.
You gotta wonder what kind of polling this is. Another exercise in PR, maybe, to test the waters of public opinion? Or a "trial balloon" to flush out Ukraine's political allies before sending tanks down from Moscow?
I find it interesting that the analysts don't point out that those in favour of such a "merger" ... even according to this ridiculous poll, amounts to less than half the population of Russia.
You'd think that maybe such erudite minds might consider that Putin & Co. may have cause to worry about such low public support, which may have something to do with the fact that there's no iron curtain to block the winds of freedom from blowing into Russia these days.
Of course, they might know something the rest of us don't ...