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Surprise! Now joined to Russia, Crimea’s economy is slliding downhill

Businessweek’s Caorl Matlack reports that Crimea’s separation from Ukraine has come at a extremely high cost: “The tourism industry has fallen off a cliff, the banking system is in turmoil, and prices are rising as Russia curbs shipments from Ukraine,” she writes.