Ready To Cast Off

As the world watches nervously, the Crimea tries to steer a course between an angry Russia and a suspicious Ukraine, two nuclear-armed countries that already disagree over everything from the ruble to

Patches of snow still glimmer on the craggy mountains above, but on the Black Sea coast of the Crimean peninsula summer has arrived. In Yalta the terraced stone walls of the old town are draped in purple wisteria and wild yellow roses, and the first wave of tourists has come to stroll among the palmettos, ! cypresses and golden rain trees lining the town's crooked streets. Though it was not far from Yalta that Mikhail Gorbachev spent three days under house arrest last August during the coup attempt, the resort is best remembered as the site where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin...

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