How Vladimir Putin’s Regime Uses the Climate Crisis to Get Rich

This The Walrus article discusses how Vladimir Putin’s regime uses the Climate Crisis to get rich. The Russian president and his business allies are exploiting the warming Arctic to amass natural resources, wealth, and power.

THE ARCTIC IS the sort of place that warms Vladimir Putin’s heart. The Russian president sees the high north’s icy harshness as one of his country’s greatest strengths, a vision he inherited from a long line of authoritarian rulers, running through Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin all the way back to the imperial czars. Unforgiving and yet endowed with abundant natural gifts to be exploited, the Arctic is the perfect backdrop for the image Putin loves to project: a leader who rallies patriots to conquer a cruel frontier and promises untold riches.

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