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Crimea Ignores Economic Pain to Embrace Putin in New Russia Era

In the Crimean resort town of Alushta, realtor Janna Voitenko is doing all she can to welcome the region’s new overseers. A Russian flag hangs outside her office and a portrait of President Vladimir Putin is in the entry.

It hasn’t offset an economy that’s dead in the water. She spends her days waiting for customers to come in.