Vladimir Putin remains an enigma to the West, despite its media focus on him and on his policies. In a crucial interview, Israel’s former ambassador to Russia and the Ukraine Zvi Magen lays out what drives Putin, what his bigger strategy is, where it’s working and where it isn’t — Ukraine being a brilliant example of both Putin’s success and his failure. Magen also gives the grim odds on an ouster for the man who would restore Russia’s national greatness and endanger world order, numbers that should interest any observer of global affairs.
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Zvi Magen served as Israel’s ambassador to Russia from 1998 to 1999 and as its ambassador to the Ukraine from 1993 to 1997.