From 'ex-KBG hitman' to 'megalomania': Experts weigh in on the psychology behind Putin's way of thinking

From 'ex-KBG hitman' to 'megalomania': Experts weigh in on the psychology behind Putin's way of thinking
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Wikimedia

As the Russian invasion in Ukraine continues to be a problem, many are expressing concern about the cold and calculated thoughts inside the mind of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Now, two individuals are sharing their assessment of what has transpired, the psychology behind Putin's dangerous way of thinking, and how his actions could potentially reshape the world we live in.

Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan recently sat down with Russia expert Nina Khrushcheva and Alexander Vindman —a former lieutenant colonel and supporter of Trump's first impeachment— where they explained the personal motivation behind Putin's invasion.

In short, they offered a quick analogy to explain the gist of things: “He’s a small man of five-six saying he’s five-seven.”

First, Khrushcheva weighed in to share how "he was underestimated and whether the cold, calculated ex-KGB man has finally succumbed to a world-historic megalomania." Per Vanity Fair, the Russian President has devolved into one of the coldest government figures in leadership as he aspires to bring back the Soviet Union.

Despite Putin's disturbing approach to leadership, there are still an alarmingly high number of Republicans that are supporting his actions. Former President Donald Trump and many of his allies have signaled their support of Putin although he is actively destroying lives.

However, Vindman has a completely different perspective. He offered his most chilling message as a word of advice to the Republicans who continue to enable the Russian President.

Chastising the Putin-enthusiast Republicans, Vindman said, "These folks have blood on their hands. They’re going to own this."

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