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Path Of Putin's Rage: Yeltsin Shame, Clinton Duplicity, Obama Derision

War is upon us. But many in the West have sleepwalked through two decades of rising tensions with Russia. The situation in Ukraine can only be understood in the context of Vladimir Putin's view on Boris Yeltsin, NATO's eastward expansion, wars in the Balkans and Iraq, and beyond.

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A 2015 photo of Putin in Red Square with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

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Klaus Geiger and Philip Volkmann-Schluck

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BERLIN — We can safely assume that the scene is etched on Vladimir Putin’s memory: Berlin, August 1994, when the last of the Red Army withdrew from Germany. During a ceremony to celebrate German-Russian friendship, as a police orchestra played, Russian leader Boris Yeltsin – clearly drunk – jumped on stage, grabbed the microphone and started singing along.

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