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To read the U.S. coverage these days about the Russian president, you’d think he’s 10 feet tall, a puppetmaster who merely has to yank the strings of his hacker army in the Kremlin to make democracy-loving Americans quake over their iPhones, an unfettered colossus at home prepared to challenge the United States on many fronts abroad.
There’s just one problem with this view: Virtually all of the smartest Russia hands I know and many Russians themselves disagree with it.
Many fear, in fact, that by building Putin up, the …read more
Source: POLITICO – Europe Edition