The mass media and political elite has been demonizing Russian President Vladimir Putin for resisting the events flowing from the US inspired coup in Ukraine. Attached is a speech that reveals Putin’s view the Russian idea, and by extension of himself, or at least how he would like people to think of him. No doubt, there are parts of this speech readers will disagree with — but it is well worth reading and thinking about.
Vladimir Putin spoke before the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club, outlining Russia’s urgent need for a united national idea in order to succeed in a global environment. [Official translation]
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