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How the Russia Sanctions Could Backfire

Vladimir Putin turned up more than an hour late for a speech to Russia’s business elite on Thursday. This was not an insult, however, since he is habitually late. The Russian president once made his (now deposed) Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich cool his heels for four hours while he hung …

Ukraine crisis: Will the drumbeat lead to war?

Even without an armed conflict, Russia's Crimean adventure has set it on a course of protracted collision with the West.<p>The scene in the Kremlin's opulent St George's Hall on March 18 could have come straight from a Soviet TV newsreel of the Party Secretary General raging about machinations of the …

Five fibs from Vladimir: how Putin distorted the facts about Ukraine

Vladimir Putin broke his silence over the crisis in Ukraine on Tuesday, addressing a press conference in Moscow that was delayed by what a state television channel called a hacking attack.<p>After politely writing down reporters' questions, Putin launched into a tirade against the new government in …

4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine

Even a week ago, the idea of a Russian military intervention in Ukraine seemed farfetched if not totally alarmist. The risks involved were just too …