Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Asia Times: A Byzantine vision for Russia
A film on the fall of the Byzantine Empire made by a close confidant of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin offers a rare insight into the thinking of the country's elite. Like the masks actors wear in Venetian plays, the film is a disguise, in this case, for what Russia needs to do to deal with the dangers to its east and to its west. - Dmitry Shlapentokh (Sep 8, '09)

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