How Putin miscalculated in the struggle for Ukraine

The Financial Times publishes an opinion editorial by foreign affairs columnist Gideon Rachman, arguing that President Vladimir Putin miscalculated in the struggle for Ukraine. In reality, the article argues, the prospect of Ukraine drawing closer to the rest of Europe – and wealthier and better governed in the process - would ultimately be in the interests of Russia. It might serve as a template for the future development of Russia itself. But, for that very reason, events in Ukraine are profoundly threatening to the personal interests of Putin and his circle.

Monday, December 2, 2013