Putin wants to establish a revanchist Russian empire, not one founded on ideology but on racketeering; his current approach to Ukraine might be described as the permanent revolution of the Mafia state.
He wants to eradicate the post-Soviet ideal of a Europe “whole and free,” as George H. W. Bush once nicely termed it, to [...]
Today’s drift toward war with Russia seems like a replay of the past. Putin is a Russian nationalist, who believes in a strong Stalinist state. His goal is to reverse the events of 1989–the end of the Soviet state and dissolution of its enormous empire. He seeks to do this by using what remains of [...]
Vladimir Putin is basking in the glory of territorial conquest, enjoying his highest domestic approval ratings since returning as president two years ago.
But he should take time to consider whether the foundations of Russian power are as stable as he would like us to believe.
As an act of geopolitical [...]
Ukraine shows that Russia’s threat assessments are cynical, mendacious, inclined toward worst-case scenarios, self-aggrandizing and self-reinforcing. They betray not just an incipient trend toward paranoia, but also hysteria about foreign threats and a tendency toward grandiosity. Recent developments in Russia’s Arctic policy show that this is as true for Moscow’s thinking on the Far North [...]
After annexing Crimea and with troops massed on the border of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin will not stop trying to expand Russia until he has “conquered” Belarus, the Baltic states and Finland, one of his closest former advisers has said.
According to Andrej Illarionov, the President’s chief economic adviser from 2000 to 2005, Mr Putin seeks [...]
Vladimir Putin still thinks and acts like the KGB man he once was. He sees his Nato adversaries enfeebled and dependent on his cheap gas. Had Europe the wit to develop our substantial shale reserves, there would be no such dependence. This opportunity was missed, and Germany agreed to a Baltic pipeline to be built [...]
“I am not predicting that we will have a World War III. I am predicting that unless we act and act vigorously — a lot more than this legislation today — Vladimir Putin will be encouraged to take further actions,” said Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who has claimed leadership on the issue [...]
Mr Putin is discovering that global finance is more frightened of the US Securities and Exchange Commission than Russian T90 tanks
Russia’s Vladimir Putin has committed a grave strategic blunder by tearing up the international rule book without a green light from China. Any hope of recruiting Beijing as an ally to blunt Western sanctions [...]
Russia was last night suspended from the elite G8 group of leading economies, who said they could not accept its breach of international law.
David Cameron, Barack Obama and other world leaders said it was up to Vladimir Putin to ‘change course’ over Ukraine or his country will remain excluded indefinitely.
Leaders of the [...]
As Russia re-arms, the West increasingly neglects its defenses.
Vladimir Putin and his American apologists like to blame NATO’s post-Cold War expansion for his territorial conquests, which ignores that the alliance refused in 2008 to let Georgia and Ukraine even begin the process of joining. Those are the two countries the Russian has since carved [...]