Soviet Hat Emblem cc Brian Jeffery Beggerly

 

Kazakh president-for-life Nursultan Nazarbayev had reportedly hoped that by bringing Russia closer as an economic partner, he would successfully snuff out any desire from Moscow to re-annex the vast state as reclaimed Russian territory.

It doesn’t appear as if that’s a gamble likely to pay off, if comments from Vladimir Putin last week at a youth forum in Russia are any indication.