Friday, March 6, 2015

Putin's War on the West

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He is ridiculed for his mendacity and ostracised by his peers. He presides over a free-falling currency and a rapidly shrinking economy.

International sanctions stop his kleptocratic friends from holidaying in their ill-gotten Mediterranean villas.

Judged against the objectives Vladimir Putin purported to set on inheriting Russia's presidency 15 years ago--prosperity, the rule of law, westward integration--regarding him as a success might seem bleakly comical.

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