View from Moscow: how Putin’s incompetence led to the crisis in Ukraine

01 September 2014

Anna Borshchevskaya writes that there is an extremely distorted picture of Russia’s position when it comes to the people’s support of Putin’s intervention in Ukraine. Indeed, she argues that this perceived support is the result of a great deal of security-related propaganda, of social benefits that the government doles out in exchange for support, and of the long history of authoritarianism.

She also writes that the Ukraine crisis may prolong Putin’s stay in power. but that in the end he will falter, just like the Soviet Union before him. Anna advocates for tougher action from western leaders, “because the longer they wait, the more damage Putin will do”.

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