The news of the Crimea tickled my interest to see where on earth it was.  In doing do, I noted an interesting general appearance: The area to the west had multiple cities, the areas to the East had very few and more brown than green.  On further scooting around, I noted Moscow and the interesting appearance the roads gave the area:

Map of Europe

Note the web appearance.  That does seem appropriate.

(The origin of the map was left to give proper attribution.)