Vladimir Putin’s ambitions for Russia frozen – Washington Times

Mr. Putin is stuck. Where does he take Russia in the future? What is his next move? How does he move the country out of the doldrums? Is there another foreign adventure up his sleeve? Syria and eastern Ukraine seem to be military stalemates, costing Russia money every day that it doesn’t have. The price of oil is below $50 again.

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Social media was abuzz this week over Russia’s Victory Day parade, where once again thousands of troops and vehicles were shown off to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Red Army. Many Russians were asking online why a parade is still necessary, noting that only Russia and North Korea still organize such expensive displays. The money, they tweeted, could and should be spent elsewhere.

Russia seems to be at a turning point. It will be interesting to see what is to come.

Vladimir Putin’s ambitions for Russia frozen – Washington Times