Sunday, September 19, 2010

Putin's Grand Illusions - Newsweek


President-in-Waiting Putin is a public relations savvy oligarch who presides over a potentially powerful (Russia is always at least potentially powerful), basically corrupt oligarchy. Nothing new here. The new part arises with the understanding that Russia remains peripheral to world power, and is not resurgent. Considering Russia's fading demographics, its best days may be past.

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