12 Mar 2018
by Alexey Dolinskiy
President Putin has put Russia’s relations with the West at the center of his unofficial campaign. He did not participate in any of the debates, and overall, the pre-election landscape looks as if all other participants have been competing against one other, with none of them anywhere near competing with Putin. Putin’s Address to the Federal Assembly was mostly determined by the upcoming election, and his intense use of nuclear weapon rhetoric and imagery served his purpose.
As the fighting in Syria continues, the Russian elite and state media are avoiding digging deep into what is going...