Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Understanding Putin

You can get up to eight articles a month free from Foreign Policy, and this might ought to be one of them. It's a good look at the personal journey of Vladimir Putin, from a pragmatic patriot seeking to haul Russia out of the chaos of the 90s to an idealist who "genuinely believes that Russian culture is both exceptional and threatened and that he is the man to save it."

As the authors say, "[t]his notion of an empire built on the basis of a civilization is crucial to understanding Putin." And understanding Putin is pretty important at the moment.

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At 3:56 AM, April 24, 2014 Blogger Bill the Butcher had this to say...

Foreign floats on a sea of lies and propaganda. Anything on it can be considered malignant mendacity unless confirmed by reliable outside sources.

At 6:23 AM, April 24, 2014 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

I certainly don't feel that strongly but I only recommend things I believe to be true. This article jibes with everything I know about the man.


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