Dr. Anna Geifman

Dr. Anna Geifman

Dr. Anna Geifman is a senior research fellow in the political studies department at Bar-Ilan University and Professor Emerita at Boston University.

Putin’s “Sacred Mission” in Syria

| March 27, 2016

Russia’s intervention in Syria cannot be fully explained by strategic or economic factors. Russian political culture, which has been permeated since the fifteenth century by a messianic vision of apocalyptic redemption, has long been a significant guiding factor in the decision-making of Russia’s leaders.