There are many international charades, but the one that continues to amuse is the "friendship" between the Russian and Belarusian leaders. Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko have little in common 's one is a former KGB agent and the other a farm manager 's and reportedly they do not like one another. The Kremlin is wary of Lukashenko's style and suspicious of his motives, and the latter is scornful of Russia's vast mineral wealth 's none of which trickles into his country, try as he might. Yet the two men share one inextirpable trait: they long for the glory days of the Soviet Union. I...
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