Andrej Illiaronov, a libertarian economist who was one of Mr. Putin’s closest advisers from 2000 to 2005, said that “parts of Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic States and Finland are states where Putin claims to have ownership,” the International Business Times reported.
“Putin said several times that the Bolsheviks and Communists made big mistakes. He could well say that the Bolsheviks in 1917 committed treason against Russian national interests by providing Finland’s independence,” he theorized.
“Six years ago Putin conquered Abkhazia and South Ossetia from Georgia. The west let him do it with impunity, and now he has got Crimea,” he told a Swedish news website. “Now, eastern and southern Ukraine is destabilized so that the self-defense forces can take power there.”