A serviceman carries a air-to-ground missile next to Sukhoi Su-25 jet fighters during a drill at the Russian southern Stavropol region (REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko).

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Apocalypse a bit later: The meaning of Putin’s nuclear threats

April 1, 2015, Pavel K. Baev

Broadly ignorant of how nuclear deterrence works, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies are both irresponsible and reckless when it comes to using nuclear threats for political purposes. Pavel Baev writes that as Russia sinks deeper into the quagmire of its leadership crisis, their definition of acceptable risk is getting more and more relaxed, and that should be immensely worrisome.

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