Admiration for strongmen reveals an unhealthy desire to be led and a misjudgment of sound politics.
Secular Westerners underestimate the ideological challenge posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
The Russian leader has decided that if Western countries don’t keep their commitments, neither should he.
Russia’s propaganda has so strongly made the Ukrainian separatists’ case that it cannot back down now.
Russia’s “solution” for the crisis in Ukraine would stop the country from deepening its ties with the West.
The Russian leader’s justification for annexing the Crimea defies his warnings against ethnic nationalism.
The Russian leader denies that his soldiers have taken control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.
Whoever claims Russia’s incursion was a mistake at this point is probably making a moral argument, not a neutral analysis.
The Russian leaders appeals to patriotism and tradition to shore up his popularity.
The Russians feel they have been betrayed by the West time and again.