Tag: Vladimir Putin’s legacy

The Power Vertical: Breaking Bad – It All Began With Litvinenko

January 22, 2016

The Power Vertical is written by RFE/RL’s Brian Whitmore and is syndicated here with permission. In many ways it all began with the assassination of Aleksandr Litvinenko. Not that Vladimir Putin’s Russia was exactly a model global citizen before the November 2006 killing of the former KGB spy who defected to Great Britain. But when […]

When History Rhymes: Putin’s Ideological Crusade

May 4, 2015

One of my colleagues once remarked that Russia is what the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss called a frozen culture. This does not mean that Russian history merely repeats itself. But it does signify the recurrence of many patterns confirming Mark Twain’s observation that while history does not repeat itself it does rhyme. Vladimir Putin’s current […]