In Crimea, Russian Land Grab Feeds Cries Of ‘Carpetbaggers!’

But analysts attributed that to a dismal turnout of just under 33 percent and the fact that Mr. Putin campaigned for him.
Mr. Putin enjoys cultlike status for both taking back Crimea and for promising to rescue the Black Sea fleet that anchors in Sevastopol from rust bucket oblivion.
Even some local officials who support Mr. Putin wonder privately why the president picked someone so aloof.
Appointed acting governor by Mr. Putin last year, he has alienated many Sevastopolians by filling virtually every administrative post with fellow Moscow imports.
Mr. Ovsyannikov managed to win a rare election to his post earlier this month.

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