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    Putin’s long game? Meet the Eurasian Union

    It starts in 2015 and sounds like a scheme to rebuild the USSR, but its history is quite different — and troubling for the West

    Russia stretches its wings
    Since the Berlin Wall fell, Russia’s old partners have been lining up with the European Union. The new Eurasian Union is meant as a counterweight.
    An answer to EU growth
    Evolution of geopolitical forces by population
    SOURCE: European Union, NATO, US Department of State, United Nations
    Chiqui Esteban/Globe Staff