October 24, 2017

One More Question with Anne Applebaum

What caused Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Crimea—and what is the solution? We asked Washington Post columnist and Red Famine author Anne Applebaum, see what she said.


"In my book Red Famine, I talk a lot about why Stalin was so paranoid about Ukraine. I think what we're seeing in modern Russia is a repeat of some of that paranoia. Putin is unusually worried about what's happened in Ukraine, he's conscious of how the Ukrainian pro-democracy movement might infect Russia. I think that's the cause of the invasion of Crimea. I think the solution to Crimea will have to involve either him finally recognizing that Ukraine is an independent country with its own political traditions and its own culture—separate from Russia. Or he will have to come to terms with the democracy movement in his own country. I think either way the solution requires a change in Russia."

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