Posts Tagged ‘ Vladimir Putin ’

Mr. Putin: Tear Down That Potemkin Village In Crimea

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

Grigory Potemkin, a favorite of Catherine the Great, built fake villages to impress the Czarina on her 1787 inspection tour of the Dnieper region. Potemkin’s carpenters built stage-set villages on the banks of the Dnieper. After the royal barge passed, Potemkin dismantled and rebuilt the village downstream for Catherine to admire the next day and…


The Numbers Vladimir Putin Doesn’t Want You to See

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

by Maureen Orth Russians prefer alternative reality. In the days since Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea, the Russian people are once again feeling good about their country. A robust 63 percent of them say they consider Russia a “great power,” according to a survey released this week by the Levada Center, a respected Russian polling firm.…


Window on Eurasia: Has Putin Decided on a New Period of ‘Phony War’?

Mar 29th, 2014 | By

Paul Goble Staunton, March 29 – Many have drawn parallels between what Vladimir Putin is doing and how the West is reacting with the Cold War or with the appeasement policies of Munich. But now that Putin has carried out the Crimean Anschluss, a far better analogy for today may be to “the phony war”…


Vladimir Putin and the Lessons of 1938

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

He’s not Hitler. But we’ve got to stop him all the same. t’s been a busy few weeks for Vladimir Putin. In the last month, the Russian president has hosted the Olympic Games, invaded a neighboring country and massed troops along its border. Back in Moscow, the Kremlin has cranked up the volume of hysterical…


Crimea Has Voted To Join Russia In A Vote Recognized By Few Besides Russia

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

The White House warns of destabilization. By Max Seddon Updated 6:00 p.m. ET — SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — “SEVASTOPOL IS THE MOST RUSSIAN CITY,” read a sign draped across an overpass in the outskirts of this port city on the Black Sea, emotionally closer to Russia than even the rest of the Crimean peninsula. By Sunday…


From Chess Player to Barroom Brawler

Mar 15th, 2014 | By

There’s increasing evidence that Vladimir Putin is dangerously drunk on power — and reckless. BY MARK GALEOTTI MARCH 14, 2014 It is too easy to forget that beneath Vladimir Putin’s glossy and faintly plastic exterior of chilly abstraction beats the heart of a truly red-blooded homo sovieticus. While Russian airborne forces gather at airfields near…


How Ukraine Destroyed the Myth of Russia’s Great Power

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

JAN TECHAU TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014 No matter how the crisis engulfing Ukraine plays out, it has already produced one result that is probably more important than anything else: it has destroyed the myth of Russian strength. Over the past decade, Russian President Vladimir Putin has tried to convince both the world and his fellow…


After Yanukovych, Maidan’s Next Fight Will Be To Preserve a Ukraine Safe for Minorities

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

By Amelia Glaser February 25, 2014 12:00 AM Russia has likened the protests to pogroms, but Jews have joined the movement because what’s at stake is an independent future Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti—Independence Square—is a 20-minute walk from where I lived a decade ago. I was a graduate student, researching the historical interaction between the region’s subcultures—especially…


Why a new Ukraine is the Kremlin’s worst nightmare

Feb 23rd, 2014 | By

ANDREW WILSON Sunday 23 February 2014 The domino effect of democracy on Russia’s border threatens the entire system Putin has built since 2000 – and he will not let it go lightly The details still need to be decided, but the revolutionaries have won in Ukraine. Some elements of the old regime may survive, but…


A Ukraine City Spins Beyond the Government’s Reach

Feb 17th, 2014 | By

By ANDREW HIGGINS FEB. 15, 2014 LVIV, UKRAINE — Oleh Salo, the Ukrainian state’s senior representative in this western region, was hard at work keeping up appearances. He had just completed a new budget, he explained, and had an urgent meeting with the newly appointed local chief of Ukraine’s security service. Yet, Mr. Salo, the…