Why Putin Must Be Defeated

Issue Date July 2022
Volume 33
Issue 3
Page Numbers 14–22
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Russia’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine constitutes a real and present danger to world peace and a rules-based order in Europe. But even more ominous than Russian war crimes are the neo-Stalinist ideas that the Kremlin is using to justify them. In addition to deepening totalitarianism in Russia, Putin is exporting his designs abroad in the hopes of helming a new “antidemocracy international”—to the delight of his Western sympathizers and dictators worldwide. The invasion of Ukraine has laid bare the critical need to defend and promote democracy in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere.

About the Author

Andrei Kozyrev is an author and former politician who was the Russian Federation’s first foreign minister (1991–96). He was twice elected to the State Duma, where he served from 1994 to 2000. More recently, he was a distinguished fellow at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute (2016–17). His books include his 2020 memoir, The Firebird: The Elusive Fate of Russian Democracy. His Twitter is @AndreiVKozyrev.

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