Gaddy And Putin

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Hill and Gaddy argue that part of Putin’s survivalist persona had to do with his violent childhood that morphed into a passion for martial arts such as boxing, wrestling, sambo, and judo (89). He started out with fist fights, but early on he was introduced to regulated fighting techniques which provided him with violent procession and the reputation of a significant physical strength. Hill and Gaddy state “[t]he discipline of the sport provided him with more serious lessons about respecting his opponent, building inner strength, and preparing himself for competition” (89). After he supposedly mastered these martial arts, he was able to apply their procedures to his political career, and use them as part of his political grandstanding. His

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