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How Putin's high-risk Syria gamble is paying off | Oleg Kashin

One of Russia’s most prominent journalists argues the protracted conflict has been a gift to the president whose expansionism in Ukraine had left his country weakened • Read a version of this article in Russian In a famous poem by the writer Yevgeny Yevtushenko, an ant crawling on the face of a Russian soldier killed in Afghanistan asks the dead man: “What can you give to my impoverished homeland if the shops in your country have no food?” It’s a scene that symbolises contemporary Russia’s greatest fear: getting caught up in another unwanted conflict in a faraway country, a concern clearly informed by Russia’s disastrous 10-year war in Afghanistan.
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