Andrew Carnegie Fellow Masha Gessen on Putin at the U.N.
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President Vladimir Putin, writes Putin biographer and Andrew Carnegie Fellow Masha Gessen (October 1, 2015 in The International New York Times) "is determined to have Russia again acknowledged as a superpower." The op-ed expresses her view of the historical context behind Putin's stance at the U.N. this week:
Vladimir V. Putin came to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday to demand that Russia be taken seriously and treated as an equal partner by the world’s great powers. In preparation for his visit, Russia in recent weeks has expanded its military presence in Syria, kept quiet in Ukraine, and even stepped back from its domestic antigay campaign — all in the hopes of reclaiming its place at the table....