Putin’s autocratic vision is for a ‘Russian World’

Ukrainians are fighting for their country and for their lives. The US fears that Putin’s henchmen have a “kill list” of Ukrainians to attack or detain if Russia takes control.

Meanwhile, his government has tightened its grip on the media to control what Russians see and think.

Censorship. A new law makes discrediting the Russian military punishable by hefty fines or up to 15 years in prison. The law against “fake” news prohibits making references to the military operation in Ukraine as an “attack, invasion or declaration of war.”

International media organizations have expressed fear for their journalists in Russia.

Information crackdown. Western news sites and Facebook have been blocked to keep information from the population.

Last week, CNN talked to Russians who don’t believe their government, those who accept what they see from the government and others who don’t know what to think.
Mass arrests. More than 13,000 people have been arrested in Russia in…

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