If Russia officially annexes Crimea from Ukraine, it will expand the former Soviet Union’s territory by approximately 0.15%. Russia is already, by far, the largest nation based on land. In less than 5 years, a major US stock market index called the S&P 500 Index tripled in value if the dividends were reinvested. This 200% gain is based on the closing low on March 9th, 2009. 8220;You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”.