”Putin is a victim of his own propaganda in the sense that he only listens to a certain number of people and blocks out everything else”

This gives him a strange view of the world.


Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin is trapped in a closed world of his own making, Western spies believe. And that worries western agents.

For Western spies and policymakers understanding Mr Putin’s intentions and mindset today could not be more important. Predicting his response is pivotal in working out how far they can push him without triggering a dangerous reaction.

”Putin’s self concept does not allow for failure or weakness. He despises such things” says Ken Dekleva. ”A cornered, weakened Putin is a more dangerous Putin. It’s sometimes better to let the bear run out of the cage and back to the forest.”

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