Ukraine's former president Victor Yanukovych spent more that $30 million on his personal estate before he fled for Russia. Think private zoo, crocodile skin-lined planters and a copy of John and Yoko's white piano.
Leading up to the March 8 holiday, some Russian environmentalists have been discouraging consumers from going too crazy with the bouquets. They say that cultivating some of those pretty flowers and transporting them way over to Russia is harmful for the environment.
Historian Margaret MacMillan sees parallels between the lead-up to World War I and today's instability in the face of rising Russian nationalism. She says the West failed to appreciate Russia's feeling of humiliation after the Cold War. She warns against dangerous miscalculations and for a strong response to Putin.