Putin the Great
Despite fashioning himself as a tsar, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deep insecurity defines his political decisions.
My piece on Vladimir Putin, Brezhnevian stagnation, and why we shouldn’t misoverestimate him is out in new
. Written before the wave of protests, which underscore the perils of late-stage Putinism>>>
Some insightful analysis of Putin & why the West misunderstands him, from
: “For Putin, the goal ... is not a policy program, not democracy or anything approaching it, but the absence of something—namely, the upheaval that preceded him”
: Putin promises his people “a Russia that is reliable, stolid, intact.”