[Aaus-list] Fred Hiatt in the WaPo - essentially a reply to Khrystia Freeland NY Times Op-Ed
pyz at brama.com
Mon Mar 10 20:30:42 EDT 2014
On Mon, 10 Mar 2014, Marta Fedoriw wrote:
> Fred Hiatt: Will the West let Putin off the hook?
> Copy and paste into your browser to read.....
> Excellent reply to Chrystia Freeland's notion that "Putin has already lost"......
Will the West let Putin off the hook?
But the long-term welfare of the Russian people is not Putin’s primary
concern. Nor is recovering Russia’s greatness or restoring the Soviet
empire, though he talks about those a lot and no doubt regards them as
Putin’s first goals are to stay in power, preserve access to Russia’s
riches for himself and his inner circle and crush any democratic sprouts
in Russia that might eventually force a reckoning for his misdeeds. He is
an accidental leader, a former KGB agent whom Boris Yeltsin anointed as
his protector in the feeble twilight of his presidency. Now, like a Mafia
boss, he cannot contemplate retirement; it is rule or be ruled.
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