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A new iron curtain descends on Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine

By Paul Sonne, Jeanne Whalen and Cat Zakrzewski

09 Mar 2022 · 7 min read

An economic and cultural iron curtain is descending on Russia as President Vladimir Putin proceeds with his invasion of Ukraine, reversing decades of integration with Western economies and threatening to isolate Russians to an extent unseen since the Soviet era.

The dramatic severing is the result of punishing restrictions put in place by the United States and Europe - including bans on Russian aircraft flying in Western airspace, sanctions on the central bank and a voluntary exodus of international companies from the Russian market.

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