March 4th, 2014
08:57 PM ET

Inside the mind of Vladimir Putin: What makes the Russian President tick?

It seems everyone has an opinion on what Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing with regards to Ukraine and why he's doing it:

President Obama: There have been some reports that President Putin is pausing for a moment and reflecting on what's happened.

Madeleine Albright: He's living in some other world.

Michael McFaul: Putin is saying, I'm here, and you're going to have to deal with me.

Sen. John McCain: I think he loves to strut on the world stage.

Who is the man behind the tiger? The shirtless man on the horse?

OutFront: Ariel Cohen is a Senior Research fellow, Heritage Foundation. He's met with Putin close to a dozen times, and he was born in the Crimean region.

Filed under: International • News • Vladimir Putin
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  1. M

    Will Vladimir Putin's argument on supporting independency for regions within countries backfire and cause the Russian Federation to disintegrate? Not hard to imagine what the 'people of' Chechnya would want to do if the former KGB colonel was actually sincere, instead of trying to expand his empire. What will happen if revolts are supported to take place in Russia, similar to what is speculated to may have started escalating protests in Ukraine??

    March 10, 2014 at 3:51 am | Reply
  2. alistair wallace

    I read all the above comments influential people. Putin was the last leader to enter the debate. I think you need to take view that why should Putin deal with the usa and their European cronies.Putin does pause and consider what he says actions would suggest he considers everything very carefully. McCain is a tool the old saying when you point the finger their are three pointing back at you. It took about two seconds for Obama to start shooting his mouth of about something he no,s very little about. An whats kerry doing prancing around Kiev, mischief making. Do you not think Puitin has done his maths. There is political void in ukraine , the ukraine people are tired of their leaders. For alot of the population joining with russia would be blessed relief. The current interim government are a pack of crooks and the only politician with any trust dosnt want the job. The current interim government usurp the law on one hand and cry foul and hold their hands in the air when they feel wrong. Whos the bully theirs plenty of countrys around the world who say the bullys are wearing stars and stripes and eating hotdogs not wearing bearskin and sucking on caviar popsicles. The world has grown tired of the usa making the rules and then shifting the goal posts. Im from NZ we no what happens if you stand up to the USA and it was the best thing we ever did it made our country what it is today.If you dont know what I talking about look it up.Google New Zealand, David Lange and Nuclear ships. David Lange is by far our most respected leader by people on both side of the political divide. Good on you Putin dont back down I see your popularity in your own country is already on the rise.

    March 6, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  3. sez you

    So who's delusional? Putin or us? Us ? obviously. Thinking that we can reason with a bully, and thats all he is, a bully. The elitist mind both here in DC or anywhere will sacrifice anything, or anyone, to stroke their ego. Our ongoing conflagration in the middle east is proof of that.

    March 5, 2014 at 11:26 am | Reply
  4. Brito Mota Carneiro

    In √Āfrica they say if the roof of your next door is on fire dont seat and watch! The American think politicaly, but the Russians think geograficaly and economicaly. Ukraine is a Russian "field". Will America tolarete an anti American uprising in Mexico? Of course never! 0ne last thing:History is in motion...no matter what's in Putins and Obama's mind, the truth is, Ukraine's case is different of Iran, North korea etc.

    March 5, 2014 at 2:26 am | Reply

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