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What does Putin want?

To secure his power at home, Russia's President is testing its limits abroad. Sooner or later the west will have to stop him

Russia's President Vladimir Putin addresses more than 1,000 journalists at his annual press conference in Moscow, December 2013. © Sasha Mordovets/Contributor/Getty Images

What does Vladimir Putin want? Russia’s President’s annexation of Crimea in the spring, and continued aggression since then, have made this one of the world’s most urgent questions. We need to understand what he wants if we are to figure out how much of a threat…

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