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(for those who don't know, @visegrad24 is run by far-right fans of the Polish Law and Justice party)
Has someone written the definitive explanation of why China, which has high tech satellites, internet spyware and access to reams of stolen data, would even need a spy balloon?
Putin's call for a "self-purification" of Russian society can have only one intention: To remind Russians of Stalin and his "purges." He wants them to be haunted by dark, ancestral memories, to remember their grandparents' stories and to be petrified with fear.