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What Makes Vladimir Run?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Strategika
Thursday, February 26, 2015

A line from President Vladimir Putin’s April 2005 state of the nation address is now often commonly footnoted to explain his latest aggressions: “Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century. As for the Russian nation, it became a genuine drama. Tens of millions of our co-citizens and co-patriots found themselves outside Russian territory.”

picture of Josef Stalin riding in a car
Other Media

The House That Stalin Built

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia National Interest
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Anyone unfamiliar with the quality of Stephen Kotkin’s four earlier books on the Soviet Union might well question whether we need a new, voluminous tome about the first fifty years of Joseph Stalin’s life. Stalin, like Hitler, has been the subject of numerous biographies, ranging from Boris Souvarine’s pioneering work to Robert C. Tucker’s multivolume study. Is there anything important to add?

Featured Commentary

Putin Is Operating A Counterfeit, Propoganda TV Station In Ukraine

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Blaze
Monday, February 23, 2015

BBC Ukraine reports that Ukrainian television broadcasts have disappeared from viewer screens in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk.

Featured Commentary

The Resistible Rise Of Vladimir Putin

by Stephen Kotkinvia Foreign Affairs
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How did twenty-first-century Russia end up, yet again, in personal rule? An advanced industrial country of 142 million people, it has no enduring political parties that organize and respond to voter preferences.

Featured Commentary

How To Empower Violent Extremism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Every time Obama “contextualizes,” Putin and ISIS grow bolder.

Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

featuring Paul R. Gregoryvia John Batchelor Show
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Paul Gregory discusses his book, Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives


Russian Correspondent Openly Reveals Role Of Russian Soldiers In The East Ukraine Battlefield

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About (Blog)
Friday, February 20, 2015

In his article, In the Pampases of Donbass, special correspondent for "Kommersant" Ilya Barabanov reports on his interviews with the young Russian soldiers who fought at Debaltseve.

Other Media

Why sanctions are no alternative to defence

by Mark Harrisonvia Financial Times
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sir, Gideon Rachman, in “Russian hearts, minds, and refrigerators” (February 17), writes: “Rather than engage the Putin government where it is relatively strong, on the battlefield, it makes more sense to hit Russia at its weak point: the economy.”


Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (21:10)

featuring Paul R. Gregoryvia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Listen as Paul Gregory talks about the Crisis in Ukraine

Related Commentary

Taking Additional Steps to Counter Russian Ambitions

by Barry Strauss via Strategika
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Vladimir Putin and the Russians more generally are practical people. They seize opportunities presented by their opponents’ weakness and they pull back from confrontation when enemy strength makes success unlikely.