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An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Aug 10, 2015 09:37 AM CDT

Nobody pushes Russia around when Vladimir Putin is running things—no, sir. Russians like that. They like him, if Russian opinion polls are to be believed. Despite the hard times Western economic sanctions have inflicted on Russia in the wake of Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine, in June his approval rating hit 89% (http://tiny.cc/…).

But it’s one thing to cheer Putin for standing up to NATO, quite another to applaud him for destroying food. Even though food prices have risen 21% since the beginning of the year (http://tiny.cc/…), the Putin administration has just ordered—and televised—the bulldozing of ...

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