Putin’s Weakness and Russian Militarism

Since the 2008 invasion of Georgia Vladimir Putin has led Russia through a series of aggressive military actions. These interventions include both the Invasion and annexation of the Crimean peninsula, the war in the Donbas, and the current campaign in Syria. To an outside observer it appears as if Putin is may be attempted to rebuild the Soviet empire, or at least reassert Russian power on the world stage. In truth, Putin is doing something much less glorious.Putin is trying to put the brakes on a Russia’s ever decreasing global power and disintegrating position as a great power.
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