That War You Were Expecting? Putin’s Already Won It

 

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/that-war-you-were-expecting-putins-already-won-it-106546.html#.U25-4fldV8FIn a world where Youtube, Twitter and Facebook dominate, the overt hard power of guns and bullets is no longer as publicly palatable as it once was. Autocratic states prefer to bankrupt dissidents instead of executing them; NGO workers are not disappeared but their offices are shut down for zoning irregularities. To adequately comprehend what the Russian president is doing in Ukraine you have to travel across the occupied east, which is both a journey into a country falling apart and a gradual immersion in the realities of Russian geopolitical strategy. That War You Were Expecting? Putin’s Already Won It – David Patrikarakos

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