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The Russian opposition leader rang up one of his would-be assassins and got him to confess on tape
By Mark Galeotti
Russians have learnt to be suspicious of bullish official claims
Putin is trying to mobilize the so-called Great Patriotic War in his drive to assert his country’s greatness
Putin has no affection for Lukashenko, a man who for years played Russia against the EU
Politically, Lukashenko is a dead man walking
It is not that Putin necessarily wants to rule until he is 84
The GRU is not a maverick service
Heads will roll following the Navalny prank call blunder
Russians are wary of Putin’s vaccine
Putin’s referendum rigging is a sign of weakness
Putin prepares to send in the troops
Putin’s culture war
Belarus’s regime is nearing collapse
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