April 2, 2014

To Understand Ukraine, Follow the Money

Thomas Friedman, New York Times

The Associated Press

Putin runs a petro state. If it were not for the growth in the global market that globalization created and the energy revenues that it produces for Russia, Putin and the oligarchs who form his power base would be living off exports of vodka and caviar. Putin can’t survive without the revenues globalization provides him to buy off his people and former Soviet republics.

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TAGGED: Globalization, Russia, Vladimir Putin, Ukraine

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