Political map of Europe & the Mediterranean 01 April 1857 (The Great Game): The Crimean War (Crimean War) halted Russian expansion against Turkey for two decades, but Russian consolidation in the Caucasus and expansion into Central Asia and the Chinese Empire only increased. The British, who were expanding in the opposite direction from India (British Raj), viewed these moves with suspicion (The Great Game) and as a potential threat to their own empire (British Empire).