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Life imitates Art: the 'Goblin' in Crimea

I hope this isn't off topic.

Was reading news on invasion in Crimea when this sentence jumped out at me: "The government itself is run by a shadowy Kremlin protege nicknamed the "goblin" who has reported links to criminal gangs."

I'm sorry, but my life choices meant that I immediately pictured Norman Osborn taking over Crimea. He has the right pathetic criminal background, carefully denied when he entered politics, and even has a group of extra-military with personal loyalty to him alone. He doesn't seem to favor a costume (in public), but nobody explains where the nickname came from..

Original news story link:

Confidence, Trepidation Ahead of Crimea Referendum (AP)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_CRIMEAS_CHOICE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Background about the Crimean Goblin:

'Moscow's Puppet Goblin' (New Zealand Herald)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11216787

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pgwfolc
Mar. 14th, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)
Huh. So that's what happened to Thunt!
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