Russia fancies itself a great global power. Yet the country’s GDP in 2017 was smaller than that of Italy, Canada, even South Korea. To say nothing of how that GDP is generated: Russia is essentially a large gas station that also sells weapons now and again.
“Russian state has at its disposal an information and propaganda machine that can hold up to their US counterparts as well, if not better, than they used to during the Cold War”
– Azeem Ibrahim
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