March 11, 2014

Russia Is Not Doomed to Despotism

Adam Michnik, The New Republic

The Associated Press

Vladimir Putin has shocked the world by his policies toward Ukraine. The Anschluss of Crimea looks like the outcome of military geopolitics modeled on the Third Reich. And this has reactivated an anti-Russian stereotype—the stereotype of a nation doomed to the status of barbarian aggressors and meek slaves.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Dictatorships, Russia


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