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Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
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Inside Stalin's Head

by Norman M. Naimarkfeaturing Stephen Kotkinvia Reason
Sunday, February 1, 2015

We all think we know Stalin. He was the brutal and vengeful dictator of the Soviet Union from the late 1920s until 1953, when, mercifully, he died before he could do any more damage. He was the instigator of forced industrialization and collectivization, taking his country down a dead-end path to modernity from which its heirs are still trying to recover.

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Putin Is No Peacemaker

by Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The United States should call out Putin for what he is—and make the world listen.

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Fire Putin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Memo to the Russian people: the great leader is actually a great liability.

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Rocket Man

by Vitaly Leonidovich Katayevvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mission Control played Tchaikovsky, the countdown ended, and then the huge Soviet rocket composed its own last movement—a fireball. A Cold War weapons designer recalls a darkly comic memory.

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The West Has Putin in a Box But Refuses to Pull the Trigger

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Blaze
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Western world has yet to figure out what to do with Vladimir Putin.

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New Study On The Shooting Down Of MH17 Points To Russian Forces

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, January 12, 2015

A new study on MH17 suggests that a trained crew of regular Russian forces operating on separatist territory shot down the aircraft. But doesn’t Putin tell us there are no such forces in Ukraine? The Kremlin can never tell the truth, and international investigators aren’t willing to interrogate separatists and Russian officials who allegedly pulled the trigger even though we know their names, addresses, and in some cases telephone numbers.

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
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From Czarist Rubble, A Russian Autocrat Rises

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia New York Times
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Readers plunging into Stephen Kotkin’s “Stalin: Paradoxes of Power” expecting a detailed dissection of the cobbler’s son and seminarian from Georgia who evolved into the monster called Stalin may be disconcerted to find that, as a boy called Iosif Dzhugashvili (Jughashvili in this book), he plays a relatively minor role in early chapters.


Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (29:29)

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Research Fellow Paul Gregory discusses the potential end of the Putin regime on the John Batchelor Show.

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Will 2015 Be A Turning Point For Putin And His Regime?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

This year will be a tough one for Vladimir Putin as the Russian people come to better understand the huge social and economic costs of his Ukraine venture. Putin has violated his pledge of growth and prosperity.

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Michael McFaul on MSNBC

interview with Michael McFaulvia MSNBC
Friday, January 2, 2015

Senior Fellow Michael McFaul discusses Vladimir Putin's popularity on MSNBC.