Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Vladimir The Vacant

I've always thought Putin was smart. Amoral, autocratic and smart. The consummate Machiavel. 

But Masha Gessen- who has met the man and written a book about him- thinks otherwise. In an article in the Telegraph Magazine she is quoted as saying he's "an idiot. He's an uneducated, uncurious man who has particular instincts in terms of holding on to power and is a talented manipulator. But that doesn't make him have even average intelligence..."

If Putin is an idiot but still runs rings around most other world leaders what does that tell us about them?
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