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Lies weaken Russia in its trial of strength with the west

By Gideon Rachman

23 May 2022 · 4 min read

Vladimir Putin has a name for the west. He calls it the “empire of lies”. The Russian leader’s announcement of his “special military operation” in Ukraine was laced with angry references to western duplicity in Kosovo, Iraq, Libya and beyond.

Putin’s anger is unfeigned. As the political commentator Ivan Krastev observes: “The hypocrisy of the west has become an obsession for him.”

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