Inside the mind of Vladimir Putin
September 21st, 2013
12:55 PM ET

Inside the mind of Vladimir Putin

By CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty

Sociologist Olga Kryshtanovskaya is used to getting into people’s heads.

She’s an expert on Russia’s elites and its political system. For 23 years she headed the Department of Elite Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences and now is director general of the research center “Kryshtanovskaya Laboratory.”

When Kryshtanovskaya looks at Russian President Vladimir Putin, she sees an “average Joe” - make that an “average Ivan.”

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Army veteran pleads to lesser charge in Syria fighting case
September 21st, 2013
07:06 AM ET

Army veteran pleads to lesser charge in Syria fighting case

By CNN's Carol Cratty

A former U.S. soldier accused of fighting with terrorists against Syrian forces pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was released from custody.

Eric Harroun was sentenced to time served by a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday.

Court documents showed he pleaded guilty to an export charge involving conspiracy to transfer defense articles and services.

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