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Why is Putin still so desperate for Western validation?

12 June 2024

3:40 PM

12 June 2024

3:40 PM

Everyone loves Russia, or at least echoes its talking points – if you believe the country’s state media. Why should it be so important for Vladimir Putin, who tries to appear impervious to foreign criticism, to magnify any seemingly supporting words?

It underlines a centuries-old insecurity at the heart of Russia

There was a distinct absence of Western guests at last week’s St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), once Russia’s shop window for investment and trade deals and nicknamed the ‘Russian Davos’.

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