Why Putin is setting Russia up to lose far more than Moscow did in 1991

Tanks of Russia's elite Taman Division shelling the House of Soviets (now known as the White House) where the Supreme Soviet of Russia (its parliament, now known as State Duma) was located at the time. Moscow, October 4, 1993. Photo: TASSFor almost three decades, Vladimir Putin has been saying and many in Russia and the West have followed him in this that the Soviet Union came apart because the Bolsheviks set up union republics and gave them the right to leave, a right Moscow never expected them to claim but added in the hopes of …

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