Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t like democracy, and has been very hostile when border countries have democratic revolutions. But the idea that he has embarked on some crusade to crush democracy—indeed, that his ambitions extend beyond the former borders of the old Soviet Union in any way—is simply ludicrous. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Ukraine: what the Global South thinks
Would it be worth the West’s while to more clearly explain what its real bottom line is in Ukraine? Probably not. Nobody in the developing countries would believe it, even though it's true.