Putin Looks Homeward, Hates What He Sees

The Russian president's state of the nation address centered on domestic issues, not external expansion

Don't mention the war.

Photographer: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin's twelfth state of the nation address Thursday showed that he understands the need to refocus on domestic issues after two years of grandiose and traumatic external expansion. It also showed that he still has no idea what to do to pull Russia out of its economic quagmire.

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