Putin’s chief aim in his war on Ukraine is to make of himself a version of the most powerful, destructive, and terrible of all Russian and Soviet leaders: Josef Stalin, Gregory Feifer (Russia, 2000-2002) writes in American Purpose.

“All the horrors of Nazi-style atrocities broadcast from Ukraine,” he writes, “the terrible images of devastated cities and villages, blamed on Ukraine and the West, evoke Soviet glory, underscoring Putin’s status as sole savior.”


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Photo: Victory Day Parade in Moscow, 2018 (The Presidential Press and Information Office, Wikimedia Commons)