September 11, 2012

Free Trade the Only Freedom Putin Knows

Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

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The sort of comfort Putin offers is increasingly likely to be of the kind Stalin offered. When the Russian dictator sent bodyguards to his mother's home one day to check on her, she fainted in fright. She presumed her son had sent assassins to kill her.

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