December 12, 2013

Vladimir Putin Is the Real Person of the Year

Max Fisher, Washington Post

The Associated Press

Not everyone was satisfied when Time magazine announced its selection for Person of the Year: Pope Francis. Our colleagues at The Switch argue that the person who actually best meets Time's standard for having "most influenced the news this year" is former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, whom they name asThe Switch's Person of the Year.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia


December 8, 2013
Moscow Muscles Ukraine
The Australian
Russian President Vladimir Putin would be unwise to ignore the significance of the strategic lessons emerging for Moscow from the mass anti-government demonstrations sweeping Ukraine. more ››
December 3, 2013
The Ukrainian Spring?
Alex Berezow, RealClearWorld
The future of Ukraine is with the EU, not Russia. Demographically and economically, Russia's future is bleak. Mr. Putin remains in control largely through bribing enough Russians (using oil and natural gas money) to support his... more ››
December 3, 2013
Russia's Liberals Are Watching Ukraine
Julia Ioffe, The New Republic
In case you missed it, Kiev has been exploding over the last few days. Hundreds of thousands of people came out into the streets over the weekend—both in Kiev and elsewhere in Ukraine—to protest President Viktor... more ››
December 10, 2013
Don't Expect Germany to Stand Up to Russia
John Vinocur, WSJ
The truth is, no German bottom line exists on Russia's power plays. Berlin repeatedly projects its own psyche onto Moscow's reflexes, believing that it, too, will shy from confrontation; that it is ready to accept a... more ››
December 11, 2013
Putin's Latest Hunting Trip
Edward Lucas, Wall Street Journal
In the tussle for Russia's borderlands, Western leaders have missed no chance to show the Kremlin that they are not to be taken seriously. more ››