January 2, 2014

Putin's (Un)happy New Year

William Pomeranz, Reuters

The Associated Press

As Putin subtly warned in his final 2013 appearances — and as the Volgograd bombings so graphically confirmed — major changes must come in the new year. Putin virtually admitted in his December speeches that the current path is not sustainable, while the Volgograd bombings have increased the urgency to face up to Russia’s problems.

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TAGGED: Sochi Olympics, Russia, Vladimir Putin

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