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Putin in Syria: ‘Vladimir of Taurus’ baffles his foes

This is the first in a three-part series on Putin’s Syria gambit and how it furthers his ambitions at home and abroad.
Eighteen months ago Russian President Vladimir Putin’s conquest of Crimea earned him the appellation among sycophants of Putin Tavrichesky or ‘the Tauridian Putin’, Taurus being an ancient Greek name for Crimea. Only one other Russian bears that honorific: Prince Potemkin, who conquered the peninsula in the name of Catherine the Great in 1783. The Crimean triumph reversed an erosion in Putin’s popular standing, taking his support to levels so high (close to 90%) that they raise doubts about how …read more

Source: Lowy Institute for International Policy

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