March 31, 2014

Russia: Saving the World from the West

Masha Gessen, Washington Post

The Associated Press

Over the past two years, a new ideology has taken shape at the Kremlin. Insistently pushed out over the airwaves of state-controlled television, it has taken hold as Russia’s national idea — and is the driving force behind its newly aggressive international posture. Russia is remaking itself as the leader of the anti-Western world.

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TAGGED: Russia, Vladimir Putin


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Thanks for Being So Cool About Everything
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