LONDON — Have you read Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 2006 State of the Nation message yet? The one he gave last week? You should.
You may have seen some references to it in the press. A lot was made of his statements that the Cold War is continuing and also that what the Russian Federation needs is love. Good media stuff that. But actually, when you read the whole thing (only 18 pages) it is difficult not to come to the conclusion that this is the testament of a failed state.