Under Putin’s Spell: Bush, Trump, & the West’s Love of Putin

Jakub Ferencik
4 min readFeb 27, 2023

The former US President George W. Bush had quite a complex relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Bush initially praised Putin as a trustworthy partner, but their relationship became strained due to disagreements over human rights violations, lack of press freedom, and conflicts like the 2008 “Five Day War” in Georgia. Of course, more recently Bush also expressed concern about Russia’s actions in Syria and Ukraine.

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Jakub Ferencik

Journalist in Prague | Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | 750+ articles with 1+ mil. views