May 8, 2014

What Drives Vladimir Putin?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The Associated Press

Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a disaster of a declining population, corruption, authoritarianism, a warped economy, and a high rate of alcoholism. Why, then, would Putin want to ruin additional territory in Crimea and Ukraine the way that he has wrecked most of Russia?

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