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Leonid Bershidsky

Putin Is a Compulsive Risk-Taker

He is doubling down on Ukraine, Syria and his failing economic policies.
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Now that low oil prices have exposed Russia's short-lived economic revival as a bubble, it's tempting to dismiss President Vladimir Putin as a corrupt bureaucrat who got lucky for a while. That analysis fails to take into account his cavalier attitude toward risk.

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