March 18, 2014

The Czar's Speech

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

It's not often that one hears a truly historic speech. Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to the Russian parliament calling for the acceptance of Crimea as a Russian region was one. It heralded Russia's unabashed resurgence as an unscrupulous, unpredictable player in a world where lies, half-truths, bad precedents and raw might have replaced any kind of legal framework. Though such a world may have lived previously only in Putin's head, it is now as real as Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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TAGGED: Crimea, Russia, Vladimir Putin

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