- Apr 2017
Russian naval campaigns weren't their strength. Even if they took Constantinople (which would have to have the blessing of the great powers), supplying it by sea would be very difficult. Look at how Russia struggles to supply the crimea now and that's a lot closer.Well, if Russia would have been feeling nasty, it could have simply expelled all or at least most of the Muslims from northern Anatolia. After all, Russia did engage in the Circassian genocide in the 19th century. Plus, Russia can reach Constantinople by sea.