Putin, Ukraine, and the Preservation of Power

Vladimir Putin presents himself to his citizens and to the world as the standard-bearer of a modern counter-enlightenment

He has declared liberal democracy “obsolete,” a political arrangement that has “outlived its purpose

One of his historical role models is said to be Alexander III

Sought to “Russify” his multi-ethnic empire, and mobilized against internal and external threats

Four years ago, Putin expressed his deep admiration for the tsar while visiting the Crimean Peninsula

His weapons include military hardware, malware, and propaganda