Why did Hillary Clinton compare Putin to Hitler?

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Vladimir Putin back in 2010. (Getty Images)

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Vladimir Putin back in 2010. (Getty Images)

In the midst of the Ukrainian crisis, Hillary Clinton made a surprising — if not historically accurate — statement comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Crimea to those of Adolf Hilter’s in the early 193’s.

Digital First Media’s member paper, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, broke the news, and they asked me to provide analysis on why she would say such a dramatic statement.

With just hours of notice before deadline, I spoke with famous Russian dissidents, international politics experts and political scientists to write this analysis, which appeared in dozens of our member papers across the nation.

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