In a series of comments in late December, the Russian president appeared to blame Poland for the outbreak of the Second World War.
American conservatives who find themselves identifying with Putin’s regime refuse to see the country for what it actually is.
Polarization. Conspiracy theories. Attacks on the free press. An obsession with loyalty. Recent events in the United States follow a pattern Europeans know all too well.
In 1932 and 1933, millions died across the Soviet Union—and the foreign press corps helped cover up the catastrophe.
Russian archives reveal that he was no madman, but a very smart and implacably rational ideologue.