In his actions and statements, Vladimir Putin has long reflected the deep national antagonism toward Catholicism and Protestantism, viewing the first as one of the sources of Polish resistance to Russia and the latter, which at present is the fastest growing denomination in the Russian Federation, as a threat to the dominance of the Russian [...]
That continued during much of the Putin era. Europe’s territorial defense was an issue was not just a non-subject; it was a career-killer. The conventional wisdom crystalized around the idea that Russia was not and would not be a threat. Anyone who thought differently in officialdom, especially in the foreign-policy, security, intelligence and military [...]
It’s clear they didn’t get the memo in Russia and Ukraine. They have been significant trading partners, yet economic realities did not trump nationalism. To be sure, many of the Maidan protestors coveted their own flag more than designer goods from the EU. It is a modern Western conceit to view human aspirations strictly through a [...]
“The regime was funded by organised crime and big business and at its heart was the evil of the old Soviet KGB. It was bent on repression at home and aggression abroad. And it was fuelled by greed, paranoia, and deep resentment of the West.”
“He will accept economic pain if he believes it is [...]
“In other words, we are witnessing a situation in which the Kremlin’s bid for survival is turning into a suicidal marathon.”
Vladimir Putin offers the West a Faustian bargain – The Washington Post
The post-Cold War order that emerged from the breakup of the Soviet Union was doomed to fail because it rested on a [...]
Vladimir Putin has arrived in Crimea as the region holds its first Victory Day commemorations since Russia‘s takeover.
The day, marking victory over Nazi Germany in the second world [...]
“In Russia today we see a much more unusual case: This increasingly menacing and ambitious geopolitical actor is a state in decline.”
Russia’s human capital is in steep decline. A 15-year-old boy there won’t even live as long as one in Afghanistan.
History is full of instances where a rising power, aggrieved and dissatisfied, acts [...]
Around the world, the advance of freedom hinges on “swing states.” And they’re swinging in the wrong direction.
While the world’s attention has been riveted on Ukraine and what move an emboldened Vladimir Putin will make next, diverse threats to democracy have intensified on other fronts as well. The story is not new. According to [...]
Some like to idealize Vladimir Putin as the ideological successor to the left-wing Soviet leaders, but that’s sheer nonsense. His speeches offer clear evidence that his points of reference originate in fascism.
There remains a tendency to view the Kremlin’s foreign policy primarily from a geopolitical perspective — namely that the country is seeking [...]
With Russia already suffering from capital flight amid economic sanctions and rising tensions over the Ukraine conflict, the U.S. has another option for ratcheting up financial pressure on the Putin regime: Start a brain drain too.
Call it an “anti-sanctions” approach. Blacklisting individuals and companies closely tied to Vladimir Putin is fine, but let’s also [...]