Dow down 67. Gold flat. We turn to other things. You know our position on foreign affairs: We think there shouldn’t be any. But sometimes the news takes our breath away. Here with a brief summary of the situation in Crimea… In 1954, Soviet head of state Nikita Kruschev – who was half-Ukrainian and grew up along what is now the Russian-Ukrainian border – gave Crimea to Ukraine. But the population of Crimea is mostly Russian-speaking and has had a strong Russian presence for more than 200 years. This includes an important Russian naval base.