What does Russia really want?

The Brenner Brief

Monday, the Russian government jailed another prominent opposition leader in Moscow. Tens of thousands of Moscovites protested recently in the streets of the capital city. Putin frequently resorts to virulent anti-American rhetoric. Americans have been banned from adopting Russian children. To many, Russia can be a confusing, hard to understand place. So what’s going on there? What do they want?

To answer that question, all you have to do is ask yourself, “What did the Tsars (or Czars) want?” Because that’s what Putin is, a modern-day Tsar.

I have spent a great deal of time in this fascinating country.  One thing I can tell you is that on an individual basis, the Russians are a very friendly lot, willing to help those in need. I recently spent a an unscheduled week in a Russian hospital and despite the harsh conditions, I enjoyed interacting with everyday Russians living their lives…

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