Russia Goes for Chest-Thumping Overload

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Photo: Times Online UK

Okay, Russia, we get it. You don't want people to forget that you're still a powerful player on the world stage that isn't to be dismissed or ignored. That's why you've recently been stationing submarines off America's east coast for the first time in about fifteen years. It's also why Vladimir Putin is doing his own literal muscle-flexing by riding around shirtless on a horse like some bodice-ripper cover. That's enough now. [NYT, Times UK]