Experts: Brooding Putin believes Russia will one day eclipse U.S.
June 21st, 2013
07:21 PM ET

Experts: Brooding Putin believes Russia will one day eclipse U.S.

By Jill Dougherty

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been in the headlines a lot recently, allegedly pocketing a Super Bowl ring, valued at $25,000, that belonged to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft - then jokingly offering to make him an even more expensive replacement.

Then there was that offhand announcement that he and his wife of almost 30 years were calling it quits and hadn't lived together for quite a while, anyway.

And don't forget the icy face-to-face with President Barack Obama at the G-8 meeting in Northern Ireland when Putin dissed Obama's joke about sports and getting older. "The president wants to relax me with his statement of age," Putin said, with not a hint of a smile.

If Putin seems to be losing his sense of humor, there may be a good reason: Russia's economic growth rate is down, Putin is tapping into a reserve fund to pay for an economic stimulus program and the shale oil "revolution" means Europe could need less Russian energy.

But don't tell that to Vladimir Putin.

"Putin's emphasis on the critical, and his almost sneering at the West, that really has gotten worse," said Georgetown University's Angela Stent. "I think the Russian perception at the top is that the United States is in decline, Europe is in decline too, and they really don't need anything from us."

"They would like more investment but they figure they're going to get the investment anyway because they've calculated, correctly, that the U.S. energy business and others are interested in Russia, said Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown.

Stent - whose latest book, "The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century," examines the difficult relationship with Putin's Russia - said that a few years ago there was a leaked Russian foreign policy document that said, "We have to be nice to the West if we want them to be involved in the modernization of our economy and we want those economic benefits."

But, she said, "they don't believe that anymore. They think they can get the investment irrespective of what they do."

And yet there seems to be a "lack of realism" among Russia's leadership, Stent said, about exactly what their economic situation really is.

"If they want to move beyond a raw material-based economy - and it's not clear that they do - then at some level," she said, "they do need Western know-how and technology. But I think at the moment the people who understand that are people whom we would identify with (former President Dmitry) Medvedev and that camp, at the moment, seems to be on the outs."

Taking digs at the United States and the West plays well at home, too. "Putin has a certain domestic constituency that responds positively to this 'We're Russia and we're great and stop pushing us around,'" she said.

Russia expert Andrew Weiss, who served on President Bill Clinton's National Security Council staff and now is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said, "There's no doubt the Putin view of the world is much more transactional, much more about cynical deals, the idea that strength is what people respect and Russia should never be forced to do anything - ultimate sovereignty. "

"But," he added, "the idea that Russia can go it alone - I don't totally see that."

Putin's Russia, he said, is an "inward-focused power, which has this hugely unsettled and very destabilized domestic political situation at the moment and that's where Putin's priority lies."

Putin, Weiss believes, is a pretty isolated figure. "Russia doesn't have a lot of international partners," he said, "and Putin doesn't have close personal friendships and rapport."

"But it doesn't diminish his view ... that the West is in decline, that America is retreating. He still feels those things as strongly he did."

Putin, Weiss said, is going to be "disengaged" because he's focused on rejuvenating Russia's economy.

"That's what he's worried about. He's not really worried about the next turn of the wheel on global arms control or nonproliferation. He's worried about dollars and cents at home, the hugely unsettled domestic political situation, worried about the (2014 Winter) Sochi Olympics, the transformation of global energy markets, and Russia restoring influence in its neighborhood."

So if Vladimir Putin looks a little stern when he meets Barack Obama, maybe he's got other things on his mind.

soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Slave, Rossia, Ekaterinburg

    Brooding Putin believes Russia will one day eclipse U.S.((((((((((((((
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    June 25, 2013 at 8:21 am | Reply
  2. George Patton

    All these Russian bashing, Obama loving, Tea Partying ignoramuses here are truly disgusting! How many of these clowns have ever been to Russia, know anything at all about it's history or learned a single word of it's language? The only foreign language that they do know is profanity, aka Tea Party lingo!!!

    June 24, 2013 at 8:51 am | Reply
    • D Bogard

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      Just wait until Putin takes off his KGB mask to reveal the truth :)

      Btw... I think it's awesome Putin has scheduled the Olympic torch for a Nov 9 ISS space walk.

      .

      June 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • phone man

      why hate on the tea? I am not amused. Dah been there ,Sochi, Rostov, Moscow , and a few more . Putin is good for Russia but bad on relations. Story is close pakay durack

      June 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  3. jboh

    Rusia and China should both lose their "most favored nation" status over Snowden. Both countries are out to destroy us, and unlike Al Qaida, they have the means to do more to accomplish that goal. Terrorist bombings are terrible, but on a national scale, only harass. Nukes can wipe us out, and if Al Qaida gets nukes, they will be supplied by Russia/China.

    June 24, 2013 at 8:22 am | Reply
    • Candi

      You bet that's how Islamics and Hezbollah will get their weapons...and Obama isn't doing a bit of justice by offering a weak stance..."We'll get rid of Nuclear if you do"...that makes us sound weak and bargaining...The world sees the decline and we have many who wish our decine...and his "Can't we all just get along?" mentality is insane...
      We make no apologies...we will befriend the worthy...and support our friends...that will be very handy when turmoil happens...not turn our backs on them...i.e. Israel...We make a serious mistake to believe if we are just nice enough long enough they will see and it will be conciliatory BS...and the American people have made that clear....and not speaking up only spreads the blame to us as passive supporters....

      June 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  4. D Bogard

    .

    As my NASA scientist brother told me... both the USA and USSR space programs
    have their roots in the Third Reich. There is an obscure conspiracy theory that the
    Third Reich SS infiltrated the inner circle of the KGB... sort of a Stierlitz in reverse...
    which puts an interesting spin on Putin's famous KGB quote: "how one man's effort
    could achieve what whole armies could not. " ;-)

    .

    June 24, 2013 at 2:04 am | Reply
  5. Yuck

    Puto who,I mean Putin who.??

    June 24, 2013 at 12:12 am | Reply
  6. ruemorgue

    Putin sounds like Khruschev from 50 years ago! What a clown!!! FU, PUDENDUM!

    June 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  7. Keith B. Rosenberg

    Mr. Putin has a right to express any opinion he wants.

    June 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  8. ?

    putin may in fact be right, in my opinion he is one of the smartest world leaders in the world, but there is one thing that makes him vulnerable, although the majority in russia see him as their righteous leader there is a big minority in russia that see him as czar and countries can never reach their true potential when there is a question of legitimacy, that said the us, france and commonwealth should seek a military and social alliance with putin's russia, he is exactely what those people need now, look at all he has done with crime (if anybody can get the black market nukes and missing uranium off the black market it is 007 putin considering they came from his borders sometime around ohh i am guessing 1990),

    June 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • ?

      anybody remember back in 2007 when turkey found people trying to sell refined uranium to islamic fundamentalist and 2011 in brussels – the news said it was from russian origin, the US has a vested interest in working with the russians as that stuff is likely headed for nyc one day

      June 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  9. SWEJ

    The Wheel of Fortune spins in mysterious and unpredictable ways. Mr. Putin will not live long enough to see Russia eclipse the United States. Russia has a declining population which is addicted to vodka. Oil is propping up their economy but that will change over time. Siberia will be overrun with Chinese in future decades. One knows a country is in trouble when its leader is former low level spy.

    June 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  10. North star

    The Russian and Chinese economies are not doing well. The US is doing just fine, thank you. Mr. Putin does not know how to be a capitalist...wealth-making. He seems to delight in poking his finger in the eye of the US. He should stop that. They have had terrorist problems too.

    June 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  11. Looterman

    Seems like a perfect time to make a run on Middle East oil. Watch Putin. He steals what he wants. He thinks his enemy (USA) is in a weakened state and he wants to be like every other Russian Dictator before him.

    When Putin sends Russia, China will want their hand in it too. Greed drives the heart of ordinary men to do extraordinarily evil things.

    And Putin wants his day of glory.

    June 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Ekram

      There is one Putin of greed and we have millions of millions in America! We never stop pointing fingers on others before looking at our selves!

      June 24, 2013 at 2:57 am | Reply
  12. David

    Politicians squirt such nonsense all the time. The fact that they made a big deal of it tells me the war is near, and Russia is on the other side. I am mostly sorry for the innocent and uneducated people of the ME.

    June 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  13. omar

    Putin is Russia's version of Ahmadinejad; subtract the Israel rhetoric and add nukes...

    June 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  14. omar

    with Nukes I might add!!!

    June 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  15. AJB

    Granting Russia membership in the WTO was a huge mistake and likely one of the reasons why Putin believes he will receive economic help from the West regardless of his policies. Russia and China's membership in the WTO allows both countries to continue to pursue their anti-Western policies while reaping the benefits of being a part of the global economic system. They will become stronger militarily as well as economically which will make them much stronger adversaries in the future.

    June 23, 2013 at 11:20 am | Reply
  16. SARGESGIFTSHOP

    If Obama stays in power for his 4th & 5th term, it'll be sooner rather that later

    June 23, 2013 at 10:12 am | Reply
  17. Andrew

    Putin proves once again- "Dreams have wings."

    June 23, 2013 at 9:30 am | Reply
  18. mickey

    with this administration and the last administration i think putin is 100% correct.

    June 23, 2013 at 7:33 am | Reply
  19. FenceSitter

    The whole western world is in decline and is is all our own doing.

    June 23, 2013 at 7:32 am | Reply
  20. Rex Remes

    Russia is a country of greedy, corrupt, self-serving people (same as Chima). So, although they will have growth and economic victories, their is minimal realistic hope for long term viability.

    June 23, 2013 at 12:29 am | Reply
    • billmosby

      It's true. And from what little I saw of the country about 10 years ago, enough Russians like it that way to keep it that way.

      June 23, 2013 at 8:28 am | Reply
      • Ekram

        I call this self-fulfilling prophecy!

        June 24, 2013 at 3:00 am |
  21. EU

    I believe Bangladesh will one day eclipse Russia!

    June 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • Lol

      Love it.

      June 23, 2013 at 4:43 am | Reply
  22. Independent Thinker

    Russia and China do not have to become as powerful as the United States is now. The United States is doing a good job of destroying itself from within.

    June 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  23. TopView20

    This articles simply shows that Russia can never change. Thousands of years of self-destructive leadership will continue for another thousand years. The only facts that we can derive from this article is that Putin appears to still be alive. Therefore, our CIA is a shameful embarrassment.

    June 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • sphere82

      well, Russia and its leaders are as important to the world and have the same right to influence it as the US or any other country of this world. You might not like them, and they might not like you, but there is noone to decide who is right or who is wrong. Generally, freedom and democracy must be practised not only within countries, but also in international relations. And, by the way, have you ever visited Russia? They are, in general, wonderful people!

      June 23, 2013 at 8:05 am | Reply
      • billmosby

        Once you give them a reason to consider you "one of the family", they are warm and wonderful people. Otherwise the country is pretty much a huge copy of Manhattan. lol.

        June 23, 2013 at 8:30 am |
      • Metric Buttload

        Why are you even posting this as a reply to what someone else said? It does not address anything that was said, it is simply a random smattering of personal opinion.

        June 23, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
  24. dsangiovanni

    Of course...when guys like you won't decide elections, corrupt the whole system , or be lected president to corrupt the whole system.

    June 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  25. Roland

    Russia should join the EU there you have high tech industry Russia has raw materials it is a match made in heaven , also what Napoleon,Kaiser Wilhelm, and Adolf Hitler wanted (but failed) to create through force of arms.

    June 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Reply
    • Roland

      Several Tsar's wanted it to as did Lenin (he thought it vital for the revolution to succeed given European industrial capacity) Stalin wanted it.Plenty of historical desire on the Russian side for a EU union.Imagine a autobahn stretching from Dublin to Vladivostok , from sea to shining sea.

      June 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • D Bogard

      .

      Putin will do what Napoleon and Hitler could not... Putin has an advantage... he begins in Moscow.

      .

      June 24, 2013 at 1:56 am | Reply
  26. The Old One

    Of course Russia will eclipse the US. Russia is moving away from socialism and America is moving towards it.

    June 22, 2013 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • Jack Hollis

      America is certainly on the decline and younger Americans seem to think that is fine. It appears that America is destined to become a nondescript nation much like some of the eastern European countries. In her glory days she was something to behold, a shining example to the rest of the world.

      June 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
      • Independent Thinker

        Don't you most European countries, not just eastern European countries?

        June 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
      • sphere82

        I think this is a bit exxagerated. America will never become a nondescript nation, nor it has ever been a shining example to anyone. It is just one of the world countries, nothing more or less...just a bit bigger than most.

        June 23, 2013 at 7:51 am |
    • EU

      You must be russian! Only russian believe russia is great, because they watch too much putinTV. In fact russia is a laughingstock worldwide and one of those countries with the most worse influence on humankind!

      June 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Reply
      • sphere82

        well, you are at least as far away from the truth as those who believe Russia is the only great country on Earth. Russia, like every other country, has lots of problems, as its history was extremely difficult. But it is a great country, in every aspect, and ignoring this fact is ridiculous. And, by the way, I am not Russian.

        June 23, 2013 at 7:47 am |
    • sphere82

      then why the countries, that at present have the best life and economic situation in Europe, if not in the entire world, are those most "socialist"? – Sweden, Danemark, Norway, Switzerland...

      June 23, 2013 at 7:43 am | Reply
  27. Umar

    how you can compare a fail state like usa with russia
    will united states will pay back its debt of 16 trillion?

    June 22, 2013 at 8:34 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @umar,they'll pay it back when the likes of Russia,China and other countries pay their debts off to us bud..Russia will never be what America is economicly simply because its not a democracy and corporations here not there run independantly from government not like under communist rule where like China they have vested interests in companies as well financially backing them!!China,Russia run the slave labor forces there and remember bud there's no safety,labor ,child or minimum wage laws in effect there either!!Children as well work in sweat shops there and if you research some of the highest rates of suicides are in countries like China,Russia just because of how they treat their people,like slaves that's all...Be glad if you do work here thank your unions because they fought years ago for many of your rites today whether you know it or not and Bushs,Reagan ,other republicans would love nothing better than to take those rites away and put you in chains if they had too with their slave labor mentality giving everything to big corporations at your expense,simple as that !!

      June 22, 2013 at 9:04 am | Reply
      • Jack Hollis

        About 50% of America's voters are doing their damndest to make America a socialist state, you being one of them.

        June 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • WeNotYou

      You do realize that the US GDP is seven times Russia's right? The US is second only to the European Union. The EU is comprised of 27 countries and they just barely beat the US in GDP.

      I am going off of 2011 GDP.

      I don't think you can call the country with the largest economy a failed state just because it has a slow down in growth.

      June 22, 2013 at 10:48 am | Reply
      • LTL

        the US is actually larger that the entire European Union right now

        June 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  28. Joseph McCarthy

    Let's just hope that Vladimir Putin is right! The way things are going currently, that may be the case while the U.S. is spending itself out of existence with all of it's useless and unnecessary wars overseas and needless military spending. On the other hand, Russia is slowly recovering from the bad ole days under Boris Yeltsin who proved to be a super wimp for the West!

    June 22, 2013 at 8:20 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @Joseph McCarthy,Pres.Obama whether you like him or not is the most fiscally responsible president this country has had in decades,numbers,facts prove it..He's having to pay off unfunded debts that Bush put on the governments charge card and you think like most here you can walk away from your previous debts,maybe if you're Bush,Cheney because if you remember he put two wars,tax cuts,Medicare Part D and over 800,000 on unemployement a month without paying a dime ...Now because Pres.Obamas being responsible and paying down on those debts from the last administration you think he's irresponsible,nothing of the kind if you look at the facts that he spends at a 1.4% GDP clip well below what Reagan,Bushs or Nixon ever did all in the 8% range!!Please do some research on this and you'll see this president is much better then you and all think!!

      June 22, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
      • George Patton

        Pete, if this jerk Obama is so fiscally "responsible", then why is he so adamant in dragging this country into another one of these idiotic wars of his? Sorry, I forgot, he's in cahoots with the war lobby!

        June 22, 2013 at 9:35 am |
      • WeNotYou

        Um...if you say so...

        http://visual.ly/united-states-debt-percentage-gdp-1940-2012

        June 22, 2013 at 11:01 am |
      • Pete

        @George Patton,he hasn't dragged anybody into any senseless wars bud..Just trying to help the helpless in Syria without putting boots on the ground against the campaigning of McCain,others in senate,congress that do want us involved in war..Remember bud its republicans that have advocated wars that's fact from Eisenhower in Vietnam in the 50s to Bushs involvement in Iraq,Afghanistan going on now ..And remember bud your hero in Reagan didn't mind meddling in the Russia,Afghanistan conflict either selling weapons to their rebels through Sen. Charlie Wilson while Rumsfield sold sarin gas to Kadafi,Hussein to use on their own people with genecide..So who's the problem here with wars its definitly not Pres.Obama,got it!!

        June 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
  29. Wildone

    Putin: Stop whining Bobby, I give you cheap.....uhhhhh, I mean expensive knock-off.....uhhhh, I mean original creation of former Soviet Union with EXTRA BIG ROCK to take place of your silly ring, plus TWO cases of vodka! Hokay?

    June 22, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
  30. Wildone

    Putin: Now that I have "My Precious" nothing can stop me from ruling the world. Bwaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaa Haaaaaaa!!!!

    June 22, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
  31. aurelius

    To achieve that, Americans will have to buy a hell of a lot more vodka from Putin.

    June 22, 2013 at 6:41 am | Reply
  32. Aviel1

    Sad thing is this is the type of economic rhetoric that causes countries to to cynical and maddening deals with countries like North Korea and Syria.

    June 22, 2013 at 6:02 am | Reply
  33. Babeouf

    Yesterday a Russian oil firm signed a contract to supply China with $270 ,000,000,000 of oil. More Russian oil will now flow to China than Europe. China is predicted to overtake the GDP of the USA in 2016(three years from now). And I don't know anyone who looks at the figures on growth who doesn't treat the relative decline of the economic power of the West as a a fact. Since Russia is the largest country in the world surrounded by powers who have proved their hostility in the past(France,Germany, Sweden) by invading Russia. Or may be hostile in the future USA, China. Russia's leaders tend to concentrate on a single policy. How to preserve 'Mother' Russia. All other policies are off shoots of this fundamental priority.

    June 22, 2013 at 5:21 am | Reply
    • F.SCOTT.FITZGERALD

      First, that deal is spread out over 25 years, so that 270 billion dollar deal isn't nearly as impressive as it seems at first glance. Second, you can't be serious in suggesting that Russia's GDP per capita will overtake the USA's GDP per capita by 2016? The USA's GDP per capita is close to 50,000 USD, while Russia's is less than 15,000 USD. You don't seriously believe that this enormous gap will disappear within 3 years?

      June 22, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
      • Sharkbait

        He actually was referring to China, not Russia. With that said, China is predicted to surpass the US as the biggest economy, but predictions aren't always accurate. From the research I've done, China is on pace to pass us sometime beyond the 2020's. If the US economy doesn't start growing at a faster rate then who really know's when they will pass us. Its hard to compete on manufacturing level with a country that can pay their laborers $5.00 a day.

        June 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
  34. M.A.P.

    Putin is a terrible leader and an awful compromiser. He is as arrogant as any other dictator around the world but acts as though he has been done wrong by every other nation. Half of his own people despise him and for good reason – he's a doctator and an arschloch!!!

    June 22, 2013 at 5:20 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Is Vladimir Putin any more arrogant that Barack Obama, M.A.P.? Hardly! Barack Obama is leading this country yet into another useless war, but just how many wars has Russia been in in the last 30 years? None!

      June 22, 2013 at 8:24 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @Joseph,Russia doesn't want anymore wars like in Afghanistan where they ran home with their tails between their legs after almost going broke over fighting these same rebels we've been tangling with!!And Russia doesn't have the oil we have in the Bakken,Three Forks in N.S.Dakotas,Montana projects that have over 7.4 trillion barrels of crude and over three times the natural gas first discovered in 2008..Remember that's just on our side of the border not including Canada so who's got crude,most certainly us and that doesn't count the finds in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico as well,so who's oil rich. I'd say we are wouldn't you!!

        June 22, 2013 at 9:29 am |
      • Joseph KnowsNothing

        Wow? None? Really? You mean you're completely ignorant of the Russian wars in Afghanistan (79 – 89), Tajikistan (92-97), Chechnya (94-2000), and Georgia (08) ?

        June 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
  35. RussianGuy

    Reading the opinions of American "experts" on Russia is a source of entertainment for me. Without going into details, these "experts" do not know what they are talking about. I always wondered why the US does not make use of immigrants in helping form international policy/relations with other nations. Of course, the answer to the aforementioned is obvious – the US Anglo-Saxon elite do not trust the immigrants.

    June 22, 2013 at 4:08 am | Reply
    • Aviel1

      So let me understand you,,, You think Putin is a sane and responsible leader with no mental or so called leadership issues?
      You see nothing at all wrong with his behavior over the past year????

      June 22, 2013 at 6:27 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @RussianGuy,Putin is delushional as he is arrogent running around chasing women half his age,wrestling bears and meeting international diplomates half dressed with his shirt open thinking hes a macho playboy aka James Bond type,he's not and is that the way real leaders act most smart ones would say no!!And guy I'm no Russian expert but I don't think you are either!!

      June 22, 2013 at 9:36 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Quite true RussianGuy, quite true. The Anglo-Americans do consider themselves to be superior to others. As far as all these so-called "experts on Russia" goes, let them vomit out their ignorance here as much as they like!!!

      June 22, 2013 at 9:41 am | Reply
    • dsangiovanni

      USA is a country based in immigration. Russia is not. NASA is what it is thanks to immigrants and like NASA every aspect of the life of the USA. So you are totally wrong. Behind every aspect of the USA society tha makes it a great country you can find an immigrant

      June 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        Quite true dsangiovanni, quite true indeed! Had the top flight German rocket scientists and engineers not emigrated to the U.S. after WW2, we's be very far behind the Russians in both space and military technology instead of ahead of them!!!

        June 23, 2013 at 2:37 am |
      • Pete

        @George Patton,and where do you think Russia got their smarts in nuclear scientist and other related fields,immigrents from Germany after WWII as well..We would have got them like Werner Von Braun the highly reguarded scientist that helped while in Germany launch the first German V2 rocket at Britain,helped start NASA years later here stateside .. Your name sake in WWII wanted to march into Moscow and kick Russias ass in and take over but higher ups said no!!Research history, there's more than enough truths to back up my comments but lacking on most others here and you know whos....

        June 23, 2013 at 9:24 am |
      • D Bogard

        .

        As my NASA scientist brother told me... both the USA and USSR space programs
        have their roots in the Third Reich. There is an obscure conspiracy theory that the
        Third Reich SS infiltrated the inner circle of the KGB... sort of a Stierlitz in reverse...
        which puts an interesting spin on Putin's famous KGB quote: "how one man's effort
        could achieve what whole armies could not. " ;-)

        .

        June 24, 2013 at 1:48 am |
    • EU

      So let you tell from a german with many russian friends, run away from russia and finaly a better life here! The country is a mess and Putin is your ruin! Stop fighting the free world and stop team up with countries like Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela and also Assad and Hezbollah!

      June 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski ?
      Henry Kissenger ?
      Werner von Braun ?
      Igor Sikorsky ?
      Lech Walesa ?

      Is Barack Obama Anglo-Saxon?

      June 24, 2013 at 10:18 am | Reply
  36. Beefburger

    "He's worried about dollars and cents at home..." Is there any way that we can get him to run for president of the U.S. in 2016?

    June 22, 2013 at 3:03 am | Reply
  37. tamnguyen

    how long,Putin ? a century ???

    June 22, 2013 at 12:22 am | Reply

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