Russian President Vladimir Putin at the summer presidential residence in Foros, near Yalta, on July 24, 2010. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine demonstrate a newfound willingness to use economic, political, and military pressure to maintain the Kremlin's hold over former Soviet states, a modern-day version of the Brezhnev Doctrine of the 1960s.
A lack of Western leverage has emboldened Russia and is likely to discourage other countries from even leaning away from Moscow.
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