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Why Putin, and Ordinary Russians, Should Thank the United States

One of the most important things that Yevgeny Prigozhin, owner of the private military company Wagner, did during his mini-insurrection against members of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle was to admit openly that Russia’s war in Ukraine has nothing to do with any “threat” of a NATO expansion or Moscow’s need to “de-Nazify” its neighbor. Instead, it has everything to do with promoting the financial and political interests of Russia’s elite ruling class, at the expense of the average Russian citizen. In so saying, Prigozhin was repeating a view that many Russians likely hold but are too afraid to express.

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