April 4, 2014

Putin's Patriotism Is Phony, His Desperation Real

Andrew Nagorski, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

Russia’s president is gambling the future of his country to consolidate his grip on power. But his economy is a wreck and the people who support him today may well revile him tomorrow.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia


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