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Czar Vladimir Putin is divorced from reality: Niall Ferguson

Xi will ponder whether China could handle sanctions over Taiwan, historian says

Billboards featuring portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Simferopol, Crimea. One board reads: "Russia doesn't start wars, Russia ends them."    © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is not mad, as some in the West may think, but rather corrupted by power and divorced from reality, historian Niall Ferguson told Nikkei in a recent interview.

The wider impact for Asia involves what lessons Chinese President Xi Jinping will draw from this, said Ferguson, a senior fellow of the conservative Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

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