For Vladimir Putin, Survival Is All That Matters

January 05, 2022

In a recent article on Fair Observer titled, “Making Sense of Vladimir Putin’s Long Game,” Atul Singh and Glenn Carle make the case that Russia’s president has an overarching plan to bring back the tsarist empire. They contend that Putin has thought deeply about strategy and tactics...

Making Sense of Vladimir Putin’s Long Game

December 24, 2021

On November 21, Bloomberg reported that US intelligence had shared Russian plans for a potential invasion of Ukraine with its NATO allies. Estimates indicated about 100,000 soldiers in around 100 battalion tactical groups were deployed on the Ukrainian border. Since then, this troop buildup has...

Vladimir Putin Keeps a Tight Grip on Power

May 19, 2020

Since the beginning of 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity has dropped to its lowest point in 14 years. From February to March, Putin’s favorability dropped from 69% to 63%, and his disapproval ratings rose from 30% to 36%. While the Russian president continues to have a net...

Vladimir Putin Is the Dominant Force in Syria

April 09, 2020

A month on from the deal signed between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, a truce remains in place in Idlib, the last rebel redoubt in Syria. The deal allowed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was notably not involved in the negotiations, to...

Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought

July 16, 2019

Mainstream discussions over the future of liberalism rose once again ahead of the G20 Summit in Osaka, when Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Financial Times in a much publicized interview that “liberalism is obsolete.” This viewpoint is especially appreciated by those united in a...

The Rise of Vladimir Putin

May 30, 2017

Donald Trump’s presidency could see Russia rise as a dominant power once again. Vladimir Putin first became involved with the government in 1975 when he joined the USSR’s Committee for State Security (KGB). The dissolution of the Soviet Union in August 1991 marked the start of his political...

Vladimir Putin Rescues America

October 07, 2015

If Russia were doing its very best to tame the Middle East, America could dedicate itself to carefully defining a new and constructive role in international affairs. It is not easy being Barack Obama these days. Every time he thinks he has a plan to disengage the United States from its...

Vladimir Putin’s Bizarre PR Stunts Serve a Political Purpose

August 02, 2015

In Russia, Putin’s image is carefully crafted to make him appear both loveable and powerful. Russian President Vladimir Putin is a big fan of the photo op. Here he is cuddling a tiger, feeding a fawn, riding a horse shirtless, uncovering ancient artifacts beneath the Black Sea waves, guiding...

Why House of Cards is a Victory for Vladimir Putin

March 09, 2015

The West’s most popular political drama has finally started taking Russia seriously — a measure of how much Putin has changed the game. I just spent a weekend binge-watching the third season of the lethally addictive Netflix show House of Cards, which dramatizes the fraught relations the US...

Vladimir Putin and the Third Russian Empire

May 11, 2012

By Rakesh Krishnan Simha The Russian President has one last chance to reform a creaky economy and a sulking society. Vladimir Putin is facing an unfamiliar problem. After 13 years at the helm, he no longer has the job of saving the largest country on the planet. That file is closed. Because of...

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