Having made it, he was in East Germany when that state collapsed, nervously trying to face off against a crowd besieging the KGB offices in Dresden. Then, he returned to the Soviet Union just in time for that country to dissolve, and found himself no longer a member of a sinisterly powerful elite but desperately looking for work. He seems to have internalised the belief that to be weak is to be vulnerable; to trust is to be weak. He was presumably reminded of this in January.
Nursultan Nazarbayev, the dictator of neighbouring Kazakhstan, had granted himself a position that gave him status and immunity from prosecution for life, while he handed over the actual running of the country to a hand-picked successor, who then turned on him, forcing him to step down. That was a lesson Putin would hardly have failed to notice.
There is also the question of legacy, something that seems now to obsess Putin. His public appearances, like this week’s television address announcing the recognition, are larded with simplistic and often downright inaccurate historical parallels, all intended not only to justify his actions but to place him within a pantheon of Russian ‘greats’.
Yet even he must know that this is a hard sell now.
y troops in Bucha were a "provocation" and no resident suffered violence at the hands of Russians.
The bodies of 410 civilians found in formerly Russian occupied territory around Kyiv are being examined by forensic experts as Ukrainian prosecutors prepare war crimes cases.
On Sunday night, Mr Johnson promised to send specialist police and military investigators to help the International Criminal Court's investigations with a view to bringing charges in The Hague.
The Telegraph understands that the UK is also leading a drive within the "Five Eyes" alliance to consider sharing classified intelligence on war crimes with Ukrainian prosecutors.
Russian troops 'murderers, torturers, rapists, looters', says Zelensky
... and SURPRISE SURPRISE Germany is the main roadblock to imposing tougher sanctions on Russia, Poland's Prime Minister has said, as calls mount to punish Moscow for apparent war crimes.
YET a.n.other nail in the coffin so to speak, with regard to and respect for my long standing diatribe concerning the actions of our Lords & Masters since Severin Suzuki gave her impassioned speech to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio.
in Dresden, who drove us around in his Mercedes-Benz 600, was in[DEED] an ex-Stasi member, who had made all of his money selling details of East German business men, who he knew had money, to Western Bankers.