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One year into war, Putin is crafting the Russia he craves

By Anton Troianovski and Valerie Hopkins

20 Feb 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

A year after the invasion of Ukraine, Putin’s grip on Russia has never been tighter. The war allowed him to reshape the country, spurring a sweeping societal shift. The NYT reports.

The grievances, paranoia and imperialist mindset that drove President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine have seeped deep into Russian life after a year of war — a broad, if uneven, societal upheaval that has left the Russian leader more dominant than ever at home.

Schoolchildren collect empty cans to make candles for soldiers in the trenches, while learning in a new weekly class that the Russian military has always liberated humanity from “aggressors who seek world domination.”

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