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Putin’s purge of ‘traitors’ scoops up pensioners, foodies and peaceniks

By Robyn Dixon and Mary Ilyushina

26 Mar 2022 · 6 min read

RIGA, Latvia - There was a message to all Russians in the first cases under Russian President Vladimir Putin's hunt for what he calls "scum and traitors."

That message is no one is too small to escape notice.

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