Mary Dejevsky

Does it matter if Putin uses a body double?

'Vladimir Putin' in Mariupol (photo: Getty)

Was it Vladimir Putin or wasn’t it? ‘Vladimir Putin’ was certainly shown on television being helicoptered into Crimea this week, meeting ‘the people’ and driving himself around reconstruction sites in the devastated city of Mariupol.

In the wider world, though, there was widespread scepticism that it was the real Russian President.

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