The Reign of Vladimir Putin

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September 1-8, 2014 Podcast

What drives the actions Vladimir Putin? Vladimir Shlapentokh, a longtime observer of Russian affairs, tries to explain. Shlapentokh, a professor of sociology at Michigan State University, was a founder of Soviet sociology. Since coming to the United States in 1979, he has published two dozen books on Russian and American society.

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Lawrence Lyons
4 years 5 months ago

Tsar Putin's motive is the same as the motive of all his predecessors; the one thing that Russia has lusted for, almost from the reign of Michael Romanov, - a warm water, ice free port. In Ukraine, Odessa is that port.

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Carlos Orozco
4 years 5 months ago

I'll take "villains" such as Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad over protectors of "freedom and democracy" like John McCain, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama whom, willingly or unwillingly, prop up radicals across the world to justify perpetual intervention and warfare.

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