Now that Vladimir Putin is
Putin, a vain and vulgar man, was born and bred to despise
The latest example: President Obama waited several days before calling Putin to congratulate him on his election victory this month -- though Obama did manage to call Francois Hollande just a few hours after he won the French presidential elections.
And if you want to see what Putin has in store for
"Aren't you ashamed of doing this?" McFaul asked a TV crew that ambushed him. "This is against the
What makes this seem so odd, at least on the surface, is that McFaul had come directly from the
That's where Putin comes in. Of course, he was virtually born and raised in the KGB, whose primary raison d'etre was to spy on the enemy,
He won his first presidential election in 2000, and in the following years his greatest point of conflict with the U.S. was
After serving two terms as president, under Russian law he was barred from seeking a third. So served as prime minister, and then ran for president again this year.
Putin is a clever man. Sure, during his latest campaign the streets of
Into this melee stepped McFaul. Just before he left, he remarked: "This is going to be fun." But before he had even unpacked his bags, state television attacked him for meeting with dissidents.
"He's not a
Almost everywhere McFaul went, a state television crew was waiting to hassle him, causing him to ask: "Wonder who gives them my calendar? I respect the press right to go anywhere and ask any question. But do they have the right to read my mail and listen to my phone?"
Since Putin took office
There's little doubt who had ordered the crackdown. After all, back in January, Putin already called the street demonstrators "monkeys" paid by
Right after he was sworn in, the new president let
Sorry, he told Obama, I'm just too busy.
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