Portrait of Great Duchess Cathrine Alexeevna (future Cathrine the Great) in her first year in marriage and in Russia. Painted by Louis Caravaque in 1745 1729-1796 One of the greatest political leaders of the eighteenth century. Catherine the great was said to have played an important role in improving the lot of the Russian serfs. She placed great emphasis on the arts and helped to cement Russia as one of the dominant countries in Europe.
Monday deadline set forth by Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama led only to the seizures of financial assets belonging to members of Russian parliament and business leaders. Situation in Ukraine far from Resolved. 3-19-14