What is Putin Thinking?

Raigo Pajula/AFP via Getty Images

Anti-western BS!

Sputnik/Evgeny Odinokov/Kremlin via REUTERS
Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP

Nursing Grudges

Obsession with Ukraine

atlanticcouncil.org

Just Look at the Maps

Institute for the Study of War

They Already Tipped Their Hand!

atlanticcouncil.org

But Why Now?

  • Putin has suffered some kind of mental break, either due to COVID or Parkinson’s disease
  • He’s been taking steroids and its affecting his mental state
  • He’s feeling isolated and paranoid as a result of years’ worth of totalitarian behavior (i.e. he’s worried about a knife in the back).
  • He’s always been weak and we didn’t notice because we bought into what his propaganda machine was churning out.
  • He was concerned about growing opposition and the state of the Russian economy and needed a distraction

So… What Now?

--

--

--

Space/astronomy journalist for Universe Today, SF author, and all around family man!

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Africa Can Lead To Prosperity Only When It Fully Embraces a Free Market Economic System

Multilingual political communication in Stockholm, Sweden

After criticism over China, UN rights chief declines second term

After criticism over China, UN rights chief declines second term

Jerusalem violence leads to Hamas rockets on Israel??

Alleged N400m fraud: EFCC to re-arraign Olisa Metuh May 30

Nectar is already making an impact at our partnered apiaries!

. Shakila Monfared, a political prisoner in Qarchak prison in Varamin, went on a hunger strike on…

. Human rights sources say that So’da Khedirzadeh, a Kurdish political prisoner, was returned to…

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Matt Williams

Matt Williams

Space/astronomy journalist for Universe Today, SF author, and all around family man!

More from Medium

Ukrainian language matters

The Ghost Of Kyiv: Myth, Ukrainian Propaganda, Or Ace Legend?

War in Ukraine and Middle East

Running Through My Head