For Russia the war with Ukraine is akin to a self-imposed nuclear strike
The end of the war and ensuring the security of Donbass residents – will be the real path to the peace.
There must be a legitimate referendum on the future of Crimea under strict international control.
Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War was a glaring mistake. Taking part in the domestic fight between Sunnis and Shiites is the immediate threat to Russian citizens' security.
Economic reforms in the 1990s
Economic reforms in Russia in the 1990s built the base for the Putin system where the authorities, property and business have been merged together.