QUARTERLY LETTER: APRIL 2014
Vladimir Putin. After the blush of world attention at Sochi (albeit spiced with repeated harpooning of his penchant for bare-chested horseback riding), the Russian leader rode a wave of decisively nationalist fervor all the way into Crimea. And, as of this writing, he is poised to annex more of eastern Ukraine which he recognizes as naturally Russian territory. Though shocking to the West, these brash forays have been cheered in the streets and in the government halls of a Russia that clearly seeks to revisit the glory days of the U.S.S.R.