On Geopolitics

Russia Falls Into Old Habits

Lauren Goodrich
Senior Eurasia Analyst, Stratfor
Oct 25, 2016 | 08:02 GMT
Russia and its leaders are acting more aggressively at home and abroad, in keeping with a centuries-old cycle of boom and bust.
A sailor in Sevastopol holds the Russian flag at a one-year anniversary celebration of the March 18, 2014, Russian takeover of Crimea. Russia and its leaders are acting more aggressively at home and abroad, in keeping with a centuries-old historic cycle.
(ALEXANDER AKSAKOV/Getty Images)

Nearly 10 years ago, Stratfor published a series on Russia's historical boom-and-bust cycle. At that time, Russia was clearly at the height of a boom, rebuilding itself into a stable and robust power. Today, the country is quickly descending into the next, less pleasant stage....

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