The key to understanding Putin's game of thrones – Haaretz


A speech by the Russian leader in a Greek monastery in 2016 explains why Russia is at war today
On May 28, 2016, Vladimir Putin seated himself on the throne of the Byzantine emperors inside Protaton, the oldest and holiest church on Mount Athos, the Holy Mountain of the Orthodox churches, in northeastern Greece. That day Putin laid out his vision for recreating the ancient split of the Roman Empire into east and west, with Putin himself serving as a new Eastern emperor who would unify the elements of the Orthodox and Russian world and fight the decadence and nihilism of the West. “Today,” Putin told the world, “we restore the values of patriotism, historical memory and traditional culture.”
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