Russia, Putin, and Power
Understanding Russia and Russian internal politics has always been a challenge. But never more so than today, as Russia-watchers find themselves pondering Churchill's enduring "riddle-mystery-enigma" one-liner while trying to decipher Vladimir Putin's latest improbabilities. Bullying former Warsaw Pact allies, hacking Democratic Party emails, dabbling in the Facebook “fake news” affair, and perhaps even hatching some bizarre strategy with Donald Trump as unwitting stalking horse, and then meddling in the U.S. election? What is the thoughtful analyst to make of this increasingly aggressive strongman, as he grows more worrisome to Europe, China, and the U.S, and less and less popular in his homeland?