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Putin Hankers After Lost Russian Empire

Stephen Blank, Newsweek: Moscow's actions in Ukraine and elsewhere in Europe strike at a triple target. The ancient Roman phrase about how the emperor sustained his popularity by giving the population bread and circuses applies here. The first target is the domestic one of ensuring that by promoting imperial adventures [Vladimir] Putin retains power. Imperial adventurism is now the precondition for preserving Putin's system and if the former is thwarted by the latter, it must either reform -- which it clearly refuses to do -- or go under.
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