Commentary on Political Economy

Monday, 14 March 2022

 

Putin’s hollow regime could quickly collapse

Russia’s system is built on lies but now is the time for generals to tell the Kremlin the truth about this unwinnable war

The Times

On the night Russia invaded Ukraine, I was reading a new book, The Worst Military Leaders in History, edited by John M Jennings and Chuck Steele. The monumental failings of leadership described range from the well-known death of General Custer and all his men to the less remembered Athenian leader, Nikias, whose disastrous attempt to capture Syracuse led to the collapse of the entire Athenian empire. Three weeks on, it seems like a second edition might have to include the Russian defence minister, Sergei Shoygu, and his top brass.

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