The political genius of Vladimir Putin

The “one thing we know for sure is that we don’t know what’s going on” in Ukraine, says Marina Lewycka in The Guardian. The West’s greeting of last month’s violent insurrection in Kiev as an “uprising of the people of Ukraine” against closer ties with Russia is “willfully naïve” and simply reveals our desperation to pin “goodie” and “baddie” labels on somebody. The situation is “volatile” and “murky”: is Russia annexing Crimea or rescuing it? “It depends on your point of view.”

But we should pause to remember that the erstwhile Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, “for all his grotesque [...]

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