February 23, 2014

The Games Putin Plays

Ross Douthat, New York Times

The Associated Press

Despite the blunders of the European Union -- which courted Kiev without seeming to realize that Russia might make a counteroffer -- Putin is struggling to win a battle for influence in a country that both the Romanovs and the Soviets dominated with ease.

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TAGGED: Sochi Olympics, Ukraine, Russia, Vladimir Putin


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