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January 08, 2022

Putin Dreams of a Russian ‘Sphere of Influence.’ Kazakhstan’s Protesters Are the Latest to Push Back.

Featuring Andrea Kendall-Taylor

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist Isabelle Khurshudyan

To Russian President Vladimir Putin, the collapse of the Soviet Union “was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.”

He made that statement in 2005, just months after Ukrainians launched their “Orange Revolution” and began to shake off Russia’s influence in the country, spurring Kyiv’s pro-democracy leanings. Two years earlier, an uprising in the Caucasus country of Georgia had ousted its Soviet-holdover president.


“I think any time where autocrats are at risk of being overthrown by their own citizens and through the streets, I think Putin views that as a direct threat to his own survival and the survival of his regime,” said Andrea Kendall-Taylor, a Russia expert at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington-based think tank.

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  • Andrea Kendall-Taylor

    Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program

    Andrea Kendall-Taylor is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at CNAS. She works on national security challenges facing the United States and Eur...