December 19, 2013
Putin's Pardoning Spree Is a Cold Calculation
Mark MacKinnon, Globe & Mail
The Associated Press
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent two messages on Thursday by announcing he plans to free his country’s most famous political prisoner. The first is that he is once more in complete control of his country. The second is that he badly wants the world to come to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
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