Monday, June 28, 2021

Putin’s Dissertation Mirrors His Policy

Vladimir Putin’s PhD dissertation, titled “Mineral and Raw Material Resources and The Development of Strategy for the Russian Economy,’ (submitted to St. Petersburg State Mining University in 1996) was on the subject of developing a mineral and raw materials strategy for the Russian economy. After becoming Russia’s President, Putin enacted policies to implement the central ideas of his PhD thesis—he made Russia’s oil resources a vital component of his geopolitical strategy. On several occasions he has coerced Ukraine and other European nations by raising the price of gas and abruptly shutting down the supply.

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