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Leonid Bershidsky

Eastern Europe: Don't Sanction Putin

The leaders of Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are uneasy about Russia sanctions because they know how the Soviet Union reacted to economic punishment. 
A message for Putin.                             
A message for Putin.                             

The leaders of Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic feel Western sanctions against Russia have gone a little too far. These people know the Soviet system better than anybody in the world outside Russia itself, and they recognize that sanctions are not going to work.

Today, Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orban likened the sanctions to "shooting oneself in the foot." The sanctions policy, he said, "causes more harm to us than to Russia."