August 15, 2014 7:09 PM

Putin’s food import ban means that Putin is at war with the West

A country at war invariably declares war not only on the outside enemy – in this case, the West, as represented by Ukraine – but also on the enemy within. With the ban on imported foods, he has broken an uneasy, long-standing truce with the group he views with the most suspicion: Russia’s cafe society.

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