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Vladimir Putin evades the truth in Malaysian jet disaster
Vladimir Putin evades the truth in Malaysian jet disaster

Vladimir Putin may be many things -- a coldblooded thug, a power-hungry autocrat, a paranoid xenophobe, a self-impressed narcissist -- but he is not a great leader. Hard-liners in Russia and the United States are convinced that tough guys rule best, but Putin is proving what a fallacy that is. In his first years as president of Russia, Putin seemed to be different -- a smart operator who was ready to modernize his creaky, leaking barge of a country. President George W. Bush looked into his eyes and thought he saw a soul. Bush was wrong. Putin’s icy eyes proved to be more like windows into the hollow heart of a Mafia don. Instead of modernizing, Putin and his cronies turned the...

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