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Monday, June 28, 2021

Putin’s Dissertation Mirrors His Policy

In his PhD dissertation, Vladimir Putin talks about developing a mineral and raw materials strategy for the Russian economy. As President of Russia, he has managed to implement the central idea of his dissertation by making Russia’s natural resources a vital component of his overall geopolitical strategy. He has weaponized Russia’s oil resources. On several occasions he has tried to coerce Ukraine and the nations in Europe by raising the price of gas and by shutting down the supply. (Some reports have cast doubt on whether Putin himself wrote the dissertation titled, “Mineral and Raw Material Resources and The Development of Strategy for the Russian Economy,” which was submitted to St. Petersburg State Mining University in 1996.)

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