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Vladimir Putin speaks at a rally in Moscow in March 2022, according to this Kremlin image, with a banner that says “For the world without Nazism! For Russia!” Kremlin Press Office/Handout/Andalou Agency via Getty Images

Putin’s propaganda is rooted in Russian history – and that’s why it works

For hundreds of years, Russia has elevated its political leaders as figureheads. That’s part of what makes its propaganda so convincing.
A sign reading ‘Putin, murderer’ is shown during a protest in Krakow, Poland, on May 8, 2022. Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

International courts prosecuting leaders like Putin for war crimes have a mixed record – but offer clues on how to get a conviction

Prosecuting a leader like Vladimir Putin accused of war crimes is difficult. But the trial of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic in the early 2000s offers a potential playbook.
There have been calls to charge and prosecute Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes in Ukraine. Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Putin could be charged with the crime of aggression for the Ukraine war – but it’s an expensive process with high stakes

Countries would likely need to set up new courts to prosecute Vladimir Putin for illegally invading Ukraine – but this isn’t a sure bet he would ever be held accountable for his crimes.
To the nationalist right, Vladimir Putin embodies similar qualities to Donald Trump’s: determination, virility and attachment to traditional values. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Ukraine war: while most Americans express outrage, Putin’s spell continues to hang over Republicans

Former US president Donald Trump continues to wield an important influence within the Republican Party. Notwithstanding the war in Ukraine, he and his supporters continue to look up to Vladimir Putin.
A woman looks at a computer screen as Russian state news editor Marina Ovsyannikova protests the Ukraine war during a news segment. AFP via Getty Images

Putin’s control over Ukraine war news is not total - it’s challenged by online news and risk-taking journalists

Russia is cracking down on freedom of speech and media. But other factors, like outside online information, could make it difficult to control war propaganda - and block out other information.
People gather outside the U.N. headquarters in New York City to protest the war in Ukraine on March 2, 2022. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Russia is blocking Security Council action on the Ukraine war – but the UN is still the only international peace forum

Russia holds veto power on the UN Security Council, blocking any action to interfere in the Ukraine war. This is unlikely to change soon – but the UN still has other options for engagement.
The U.S. army conducts a military training exercise for emergencies in Germany on Jan. 27, 2022. Armin Weigel/picture alliance via Getty Images

Biden sending more troops to Eastern Europe – 3 key issues behind the decision

President Joe Biden is deploying 3,000 troops to support NATO in Eastern Europe. By doing so, Biden enters both a regional conflict and tangled legal territory.
A statue commemorating the Ukrainian famine, in which millions died. Ukrainian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Famine, subjugation and nuclear fallout: How Soviet experience helped sow resentment among Ukrainians toward Russia

Ukraine was once known as the breadbasket of Europe, yet it suffered a devastating famine as a result of collectivist plans. That and other Soviet-era grievances have bred resentment toward Russia.
A live broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking is shown on Dec. 23, 2021, from a media control room in Russia. Eric Romanenko/TASS via Getty Images

It’s just a ‘panic attack’ – Russian media blames US for escalating Ukraine crisis

America is being ‘hysterical’ about Russian troop buildups near the Ukrainian border. That’s the official news in Russia, where citizens are getting government’s preferred view of the Ukraine crisis.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (L) poses for a photo at a Moscow rally in support of political prisoners on September 29, 2019. Dmitri Chirciu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

How Alexei Navalny revolutionized opposition politics in Russia, before his apparent poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, gravely ill from a suspected poisoning, brought a new type of opposition to Russia in tune with popular concerns and aimed at finding common ground.

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