Russian colony on Mediterranean

Space Shark

Ad Honorem
Mar 2012
3,474
Redneck Country, AKA Texas
How could Russia obtain itself land in the Mediterranean by the late 1800s? Obviously this requires the breakup of the Ottoman Empire/Russian control of Constantinople and the Hellespont, so those are givens.
 

Poly

Ad Honorem
Apr 2011
6,866
Georgia, USA
Britain and France fought the Crimean War in the 1850's precisely to stop Russia gaining access to the Mediterranean.
 
Jan 2015
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Large Fields
Precisely where would be a more interesting question. Many coastal areas surrounding the Mediterraenan and the islands within it should be quite populated. I see Russian military bases as a more feasible options, maybe on Aegean or Ionian Islands. But gaining control over the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles wouldn't be an easy task, as invading the Turkish heartland and facing Western sanctions or response will create more problems.
 

AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
27,595
Italy, Lago Maggiore
Russians are buying enough properties and investing so much money in Italy to begin to suspect that they are creating for real a colony in Italy [and this doesn't disturb Italians ... here rich Russians are welcome].
 

Space Shark

Ad Honorem
Mar 2012
3,474
Redneck Country, AKA Texas
invading Constantinople and occupying the Greek islands.
When though? Britain and France fought the Crimean war to keep Russia from getting to the Mediterranean, so I would presume that some trigger around 1900 would be more likely.