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g-f(2)1205 The Lighthouse of the Digital Age: Putin teaches how to break a country

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This Lighthouse extracts a collection of 10 relevant facts from the exceptional golden knowledge (GK) article of the New York Times How to Break a Country. Nicholas Kristof makes a strong case that Putin has weakened Russia and united its neighbors against it. The author provides strong support for their claims. In the years since Putin came to power, Russia has become a more isolated and impoverished country.

  1. The fundamental truth is that Putin has weakened Russia. It appears to be in a long-term economic and demographic decline that Putin has accelerated. Russia’s only claim to relevance is its nuclear arsenal; as a saying goes, it is “Burkina Faso with nukes.”
  2. Driving through the countries that Moscow once ruled, through societies now united against him, I’m ready to bet that Putin will not be remembered as a modern Peter the Great. Rather, he will go down in history as the leader who broke his country: Vladimir the Lilliputian.
  3. Vladimir Putin has comparedhimself to the czar Peter the Great. But to travel through Eastern Europe is to see how much he has instead caused Russian influence to shrink.
  4. I’ve been on a road trip through Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia — and it’s clear that Putin has managed to unite nearly everyone against Russia. Even Russian speakers who often used to feel loyalty to Moscow are now fund-raising for Ukraine.
  5. Today these countries are almost unrecognizable: vibrant, colorful and far wealthier than Russia. 
  6. Poland has become a sophisticated manufacturing base for Europe, and Intel just announced that it would build a $4.6 billion chip plant near Wroclaw.
    • “Poland has been able to serve as a model for countries to the east,” Mark Brzezinski, the American ambassador to Poland, told me. And Russia has been a model of a different kind.
  7.  “Putin’s actions since February 2022 have proven the thesis that Russia under Putin is interested in leadership by terror and authoritarianism,” Brzezinski added. “For other countries of the former Soviet bloc, if they ever were wobbly about joining the West, they certainly have had a clarifying experience.”
    • The improvements in the Baltics have been as pronounced as those in Poland.
  8. Russia and the places that have remained in its orbit like Belarus and Transnistria remain dismal and oppressive. 
  9. Putin’s invasion and behavior embarrasses many Russian speakers and makes them rethink their allegiance.
  10. Putin also revived NATO. It has added Finland and is moving to include Sweden, and there is renewed commitment to Article 5, which would lead all NATO countries to rush in to fight off any Russian incursion. As for the Russian speakers, they are finally being digested.

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Nicholas KristofHow to Break a Country, The New York Times, July 16, 2023.


Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof is an American journalist and political commentator. He is a regular CNN contributor and an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. Kristof has won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work in journalism 1He grew up on a farm in Oregon, graduated from Harvard, and studied law at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar 2. Is there anything else you would like to know about him?

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(1) Nicholas Kristof - Wikipedia.

(2) Nicholas Kristof - The New York Times.

(3) Nicholas D. Kristof | Academy of Achievement.

(4) Nicholas Kristof | Pulitzer Center.

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