I’ve often commented how Putin has a gansta’s obsessions with respect. It comes out in particular when he talks about the United States and Khodorkovsky. I’m convinced that Khodorkovsky sealed his fate when he gave a public presentation accusing Putin’s inner circle–and by implication Putin–with corruption, and thereby disrespected the don.
This excerpt from a forthcoming biography of Putin by Masha Gessen makes it plain that Putin’s gangsta obsession dates from his childhood. It is his chosen identity, one that he has built-cultivated, really-for five decades. It is not an act. It is him.
Very revealing. And very disturbing.