Vladimir Putin

The Inconvenience of History

Obama abandons another country to its fate

Obama is abandoning Ukraine to its fate. Just as he has with so many others.

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A psychological explanation for Russia's behavior in Ukraine.

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A joke is making the rounds among Vladimir Putin’s opponents in Moscow: His two main accomplishments as Russia's president are Yuri Gagarin’s trip to space and Russia’s victory in World War II. This biting bit of sarcasm, which takes a swing at Putin's populist rhetoric, actually gets at something much deeper. It reflects Putin’s vision of the country’s development as well as the style in which he communicates with his citizens and the international community. And yet, though people in Russia understand him, those in the West do not.

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Does the Kremlin view Kiev’s judiciousness and restraint as acquiescence to Putin’s aggression?

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Edward Snowden Is Russia's Puppet Now

Any shred of heroism was lost at Putin's press farce

Edward Snowden is not a whistleblower, or a hero. He is a man who helps dictators make propaganda to embarrass his own country.

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With Vladimir Putin annexing Crimea, inciting violence in Eastern Ukraine, and threatening his neighbor with a massive military buildup, an oft-repeated refrain has reemerged in Western academia: It’s our fault for expanding NATO.

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It is the propaganda of the postwar period, much more than the experience of the war itself, that counts in the memory of Ukrainian politics of today—and that will affect the country's fate.

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Vladimir Putin should be given credit for strengthening Ukraine’s national identity—the very existence of which he has so persistently denied.

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Everything you need to know about the Ukraine crisis today.

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Getting to the truth about Ukraine is not easy, but one thing is clear: Do not watch Russian television if you want some semblance of it. 

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