March 31, 2014

Middle Weight Russia About to Sink

Tim Congdon, Standpoint

The Associated Press

Russia's intervention in Crimea has led to much talk about the return of Russia as an actual or potential superpower. President Putin has made no secret of his wish to restore his country to the sort of geopolitical status that, in his eyes, it enjoyed before the collapse of the Soviet Union. In May 2002 he twisted a famous quotation (which he attributed, debatably, to Churchill) by saying, "Russia is never so strong as it wants to be and never so weak as it is thought to be."

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