Is Putin Preparing an August Surprise?

This year, while we’re marvelling at the record-breaking feats of gymnasts, divers, cyclists and others in Rio, it’s troops in Ukraine who have been put on high alert in response to a military build-up on the Russian side of the border. Just consider how propitious the environment must look from Moscow: not only are we caught up in Olympic-mania, but in Washington, political leaders are focused on the forthcoming presidential election, and in Europe, the backwash from Brexit leaves little time for anything else.

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