Putin Doesn't Get American Politics

Russia's president professes ignorance about the 2016 race. Is he bluffing?

Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

Photographer: Jeremy Liebman/Bloomberg Businessweek

President Vladimir Putin is watching the U.S. election campaign with a mixture of irony, disgust and imperfect understanding. Just as American presidents and senators are not well-versed in Russian politics, Putin, too, is no expert on foreign arenas. He regards the current U.S. political show just as any ordinary guy would -- even though the election outcome is extremely important to him.

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