“We now joke that Belarus is even farther north than North Korea. We’re living under the conditions of a real fascist regime.”
Vladimir Putin’s meeting with journalist Masha Gessen reveals the advanced stage of his megalomania. He is like the magician who bungles a trick and then asks his audience defiantly: “What? You really thought I was cutting the lady in half?”
Vladimir Putin arrived in Berlin an hour late after first visiting Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko. The symbolism was clear: Angela Merkel, Germany and the West can wait – and not just an hour but two whole weeks.