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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Has Putin Lost His Mind?

Posted by on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Julia Ioffe thinks so, based on yesterday's press conference, at which Russian leader seemed to have become a captive of his own propaganda.

Also yesterday: Russia test-fired an ICBM, though the launch appears to have been scheduled well before Putin decided to invade Ukraine.


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Cato the Younger Younger 1
Bullshit on the missile launch. Putin didn't decided to invade a couple of days before. It was well planned out in advance and the ICBM is just a reminder they are a nuclear power. And apparently crazy.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on March 5, 2014 at 6:50 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
I don't think anyone foresaw the violent reaction Ukrainians had to the deal Yanukovych made with Putin. I think Putin was shocked. I also think Putin told him to kill protesters.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on March 5, 2014 at 7:03 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 3
Putin is moving forward, not backward. Upward, not forward. And always twirling, twirling, twirling toward freedom!
Posted by MacCrocodile on March 5, 2014 at 8:01 AM · Report this
Rujax! 4
We had a Preznit like that once. Actually elected him once...for his second term.
Posted by Rujax! on March 5, 2014 at 9:13 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 5
oh, so that's what "he's lost the plot" means. I was wondering.
Posted by Max Solomon on March 5, 2014 at 9:33 AM · Report this
Is Putin crazy? Or does crazy-like-a-fox Putin just want the world to think he's crazy?

Or is he just pulling for a round of Dennis Rodman diplomacy?
Posted by RonK, Seattle on March 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM · Report this
@3: XD
Posted by Hanoumatoi on March 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM · Report this
I liked Kerry's reaction to Putin's press-conference.
From The Guardian:
"Andrea Mitchell asks Kerry about Putin’s news conference this morning in which he denied a Russian military presence in Crimea.

“Did he really deny that there were troops in Crimea?” Kerry says.

“Yes he did.”
Kerry just shook his head.
Posted by LetV on March 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM · Report this
putin thinks he's pretty important shit now that he's hosted the Olympics. The Olympics were pretty Ho Hum despite the security factor. The "pussy riot" group were quite the subversive group that were trying to unseat the whole russian idealogy with their simple message that there are other ideas that need to be addressed so the Russian people can be represented and be counted as citizens. Nyet, replied the piece of shit leader that they have. I have to dominate another country now, I do no have the time to address your small problems. The small problems he has are the size of his penis.
Posted by longwayhome on March 6, 2014 at 8:31 PM · Report this
Doctor Memory 10
The question isn't whether Putin is "crazy". The question is: is he winning? So far the answer seems to be "yes" pretty consistently.
Posted by Doctor Memory on March 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM · Report this

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