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Putin plays a weak hand well, and the chaos on Russia's border shows how

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Russian servicemen in T-14 tanks during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Crises are multiplying on Russia's western border, and Vladimir Putin appears to be stirring the trouble.
Stoking hotspots is usually seen as strategic malpractice, creating more problems for a state to deal with.
Provoking mayhem may just be part of a strategy to distract and exhaust Russia's adversaries.
What do Russians want? Moscow seems to be going out of its way to keep its " near abroad " - Russian-speak for the erstwhile Soviet empire, in particular former...
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