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In Putin's Russia, the Arrests Are Spreading Quickly and Widely

By Anton Troianovski

04 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

We knew there has been a crackdown on dissent in Russia since the invasion. But things are now approaching a whole new level. The New York Times delivers a fascinating—and disturbing—report.

They came for Dmitry Kolker, an ailing physicist, in the intensive care ward. They came for Ivan Fedotov, a hockey star, as he was leaving practice with a film crew in tow. They came for Vladimir Mau, a state university rector, the week he was reelected to the board of Gazprom.

The message sent by these high-profile detentions: Nearly anyone is now punishable in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

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