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    Vladimir Putin’s willingness to threaten war damages Russia
    The nature of his regime has now changed irreversibly

    "The boss never works to someone else’s timetable,” Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of the propagandist television network RT, posted to a channel on Telegram, an encrypted messaging service on February 15th. She was responding to Western media reports that America expected Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, to launch an invasion of Ukraine at 04:00 Moscow time the following morning. Ms Simonyan delighted in predicting that they would be wrong footed.

    “We showed everyone what we wanted to show,” she continued, suggesting that the conclusions spooks, think-tankers, academics and journalists are drawing from the unprecedented availability of high-resolution satellite images of Russia’s build up were open to careful stage management. At the end of all the bragging, though, came the threat: Russian tanks could go back to the border as fast as they might be leaving it.

    In “The 48 Laws of Power”, a bestselling self-help book by Robert Greene reported to have a following among convicts, Law 17 encourages the reader to “Keep others in suspended terror: Cultivate an air of unpredictability”. It is a thuggish lesson in which Mr Putin has needed no tuition since his formative years in the KGB.
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