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    Small moment in jaw-dropping Putin-Trump presser yesterday. Putin let slip that "we" (ie Russia, not the "Crimean people") held the 2014 Crimea referendum: "We held a referendum in strict compliance with the UN Charter and international legislation." npr.org/2018/07/16/629…

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    Incidentally, you can clearly hear on the tape the phrase мы провели референдум, "we held a referendum" but the Kremlin transcript has dropped the "we" to make it more ambiguous. Here is the clip youtu.be/y9G7rVJRAJc?t=…

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