Once upon a time the West perceived Vladimir Putin as some kind a villain James Bond, suave charming strategist forged by the Great Game of Cald War. One more victim of Novichok fighting for his life in the Charite Hospital in Berlin and Vladimir Putin suddenly looks just like another thug brought on top by murky water of Kremlin politics. He does not look strategic anymore or even smart, just thuggish. What politician with a thread of common sense would risk economic stability of the entire country for a petty and cruel act vengeance? Putin has thrown away all remnants of scientific and technological heritage of former Soviet Union a long time ago by placing bet on seemingly endless oil and gas resources. Now Putin is cutting the branch he is sitting on. Germany undoubtedly will decide the fate of Stream 2 in the light of Navalny poisoning.
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