09 November, 2014
How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Radicalized Putin - The Daily Beast
How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Radicalized Putin - The Daily Beast: His country, which he had served as well as he could, patiently accepting whatever role it saw ﬁt to assign him, had abandoned Putin. He had been scared and powerless to protect himself, and Moscow had been silent. He spent the several hours before the military arrived inside the besieged building, shoving papers into a wood-burning stove until the stove split from the excessive heat. He destroyed everything he and his colleagues had worked to collect: all the contacts, personnel ﬁles, surveillance reports, and, probably, endless press clippings.