Peter Hitchens, an author and journalist, is currently a columnist for the London Mail on Sunday. He also publishes a blog on current affairs and moral, cultural and social issues. He was a resident correspondent for the Daily Express in Moscow from 1990 to 1992, and in Washington, D.C. from 1993 to 1995. He has spent many years as a foreign correspondent, reporting from Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Gaza, South Africa, Venezuela and Cuba. He has also revisited Russia and other former Soviet republics several times. In recognition of his foreign reporting, Hitchens was awarded the Orwell Prize in 2010. He is the author of six books, including The Rage Against God (2011), The Abolition of Britain (1999) and The War We Never Fought: The British Establishments Surrender to Drugs (2013).
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This is about globalism versus national sovereignty, and the curious anomaly of Russia, an old-fashioned European country that is too big to be sucked into the EU, too small to be a superpower (and so invulnerable, like China), too patriotic to be persuaded to dissolve itself.
Most people dont read much further than headlines and titles, and arent aware that while I praise Mr. Putins foreign policy stances - I am consistently rude about Mr. Putins tyrannical tendencies, and about his states general corruption, violence and lawlessness at home.