NEWSWATCH: “A Problem Much Bigger Than Putin” – New York Times/ Mikhail Khodorkovsky

File Photo of Kremlin Tower, St. Basil's, Red Square at Night

“More than 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the attempt to build a democracy in its place, Russia has once again become an authoritarian state. The same inability to build democratic institutions plagued the leaders of the February Revolution of 1917, which led to the Bolsheviks gaining power later that year. … Still burdened by a ‘besieged fortress’ mentality, the Kremlin pursues a foreign policy aimed at achieving a ‘balance of forces’ between Moscow and the West.  This outdated strategy creates a hysteria for military adventurism that threatens the entire planet. Pro-Kremlin propagandists … have even suggested that ‘aggressive behavior’ from the United States could prompt a nuclear response from Russia. …”

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