July 7, 2014
CURLED UP IN A BALL WEEPING?:
With Ukraine rebels on the ropes, some Russians ask: Where is Putin? (Fred Weir, JULY 7, 2014, CS Monitor)
Posted by Orrin Judd at July 7, 2014 1:45 PMRussia's leading ultranationalist philosopher, sometimes labelled "Putin's Brain," says that Kremlin "hesitations" over extending military support to east Ukraine's embattled pro-Russian rebels could lead to a domestic political backlash against Vladimir Putin.Alexander Dugin, whose extreme right-wing "Eurasianist" ideology has often seemed to foreshadow Kremlin actions, says that war between Russia and Ukraine is inevitable. Mr. Putin's apparent decision to abandon retreating east Ukrainian rebels to their fate risks turning into outright betrayal, which could split Putin from his key electoral base of "patriotic" Russians, he says.