America's Poor Grasp of Putinology

In an opinion editorial in The Moscow Times author Richard Lourie laments America's poor grasp of Putinology. He says that it is politically convenient and intellectually lazy to portray President Vladimir Putin solely as the enemy of liberty and orphans, a ruler surrounded by a conspicuous number of murders, most of which got rid of his worst enemies and critics. The fact is that there is more to him than that. The US must have both a clear sense of what it wants from Russia and who Putin actually is. At the moment, it has neither.

Sunday, January 27, 2013