'Evil will eat itself up' in Russia, Venclova says

Russia cannot last long in its present state of "quasi-war" with the West, says Lithuanian poet and Yale professor Tomas Venclova. The tension will lead to a collapse within a few years, he believes.
Tomas Venclova
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