Very little about the horrific war that Russia is waging against Ukraine seems based on solid calculations by Vladimir Putin. It’s hard to imagine the war benefiting Russia in the long run. Why, then, is Putin waging it?
Tony Wood is a member of the editorial board of New Left Review and the author of the forthcoming Russia Without Putin: Money, Power and the Myths of the New Cold War (Verso, 2018).
Twenty years ago, a crisis of Russian capitalism doomed Moscow’s pro-Western regime and gave birth to the Putin era.