Posts Tagged ‘Putin’

  1. Prof. Snyder, Trump and Putin

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    April 27, 2016 by AK

    In his latest NYRB piece, Timothy Snyder lists a number of Russian “politicians” supportive of Trump. They turn out clowns of varying colors; none of them operators to be reckoned with. Particularly amusing is Snyder’s naming Alexander Dugin as “the leading Russian fascist ideologue and a very important media presence in Russia.”. Technically, of course, the historian is correct: Dugin …
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  2. Are the counter-sanctions working?

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    April 19, 2016 by AK

    You bet. Not quite the way there were officially supposed to, but very much the way they were predicted to work. I’m talking about the import bans that Russia imposed in August 2014 on food produced in the EU? As Putin put it, To a certain degree, the growth of prices for food is, to …
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  3. The National Guard in Russia

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    April 7, 2016 by AK

    Comparing the newly created Russian National Guard to the Praetorians of imperial Rome is too obvious to have explanatory value. I cannot recall Putin ever relying on the support of any group or organization to the exclusion of all others. He is a master of balancing to avoid exclusive dependence on any force, agency or grouping. …
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  4. “Planted!” by Ted Cruz and Dmitry Peskov

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    April 5, 2016 by AK

    When The National Enquirer ran a story about Ted Cruz’s five (or eight?) alleged mistresses, the candidate called the leak “garbage” (that’s what tabloids peddle) and accused Donald Trump of planting the dirt (probably dug up by Rubio’s team). But Cruz did not say he had always been true to his wife, and so far …
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  5. Putin’s jury trial proposal

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    December 4, 2015 by AK

    Putin’s suggestions regarding the criminal justice procedure: He also proposed a change to jury service, saying jurors should judge a wider range of cases but their number be cut to between five and seven from the current 12 at each trial. Because it’s hard to seat a jury of twelve, and expensive, too, according to Putin. The …
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  6. “Other countries” may root for the shooter

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    December 3, 2015 by AK

    Putin is a demigod: his airstrikes help some Russians to live out, vicariously, their dreams of taking revenge on the mockingly cruel world. Putin’s lieutenants and footsoldiers are not octoroon-gods, however: their place is at the receiving end in the compensatory daydream of the downtrodden. When a gang known as the “maritime partisans” was killing …
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  7. Playing with fire in Hatay

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    December 2, 2015 by AK

    The more I read about the history of Hatay, Turkey’s appendage-like province disputed by Syria, the more I am convinced that its status remains a sore point for Ankara. Also, Turkey’s military is in solidarity with Erdogan on the need to hold on to what they see as Turkish ethnic territory, which may extend beyond the …
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  8. The Turkoman People’s Republic

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    November 28, 2015 by AK

    The Russian speakers of Eastern Ukraine were not at risk of being killed by Ukrainian forces until Russia’s allies or puppets began the war in Donbass. The Turkomans of Syria have been at risk since the start of the civil war in Syria, that is at least from 2011. It’s understandable that Turkey – especially …
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  9. Any good to come out of this?

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    November 27, 2015 by AK

    The Russian government seems to be overreacting to the Su–24 crisis, threatening wide-scale economic sanctions against Turkey that are certain to hurt Russian consumers. (Bombing Voronezh in response, again.) Is this Putin taking personal offense – an ego contest between the two authoritarians, Putin and Erdogan? Putin has complained that Ankara did not contact him first …
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  10. Mr. Perfect goes to church

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    June 19, 2015 by AK

    Putin met with Pope Francis last week, but just before that… In a rare newspaper interview ahead of his state visit to Italy, Vladimir Putin has claimed he never makes mistakes because God “built his life so he’d have nothing to regret”. Which inspired this drawing by the well-known Russian political cartoonist who goes by …
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