Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

Staff writer @TheAtlantic. @SAISHopkins, @SNFAgoraJHU. Author of Gulag, Iron Curtain, Red Famine, Twilight of Democracy.

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A year has passed since I wrote this, and it's all still true: Why Putin invaded Ukraine

Thanks to torture, poor medical treatment and possibly poison in the prison where he is being held, Mikhail Saakashvili's health is declining rapidly. And as he declines, so do the prospects of a sovereign, democratic Georgia.

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I understand the logic (and no need to explain it to me) but it still seems strange that when employment surges and more people have jobs, the stock market goes *down*

(for those who don't know, @visegrad24  is run by far-right fans of the Polish Law and Justice party)

"Lenin, Stalin, and their successors wanted to subjugate the entire world to their Soviet dictatorship of the proletariat. They failed—but they did a lot of damage while trying. Putin will also fail, but he too can do a lot of damage while trying. And not only in Ukraine."

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?


Hungary now blocks all further EU sanctions on Ukraine. Remind me why they are in NATO?

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.

After this is all over, I never, ever want to hear again about how businessmen would run the government better than politicians.

Everyone who now calls for Zelensky to make "territorial concessions' in exchange for a cease fire should remember what this will actually mean: tens or hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians will die.

Putin does not need an "off-ramp." He needs to lose. And only when he loses - only when he is humiliated - will Russia's wars of imperial conquest finally come to an end

Imagine reading about Ukraine, a country where people are living without heat and light, where incredibly brave men endure bombardment and artillery fire every day, where the whole nation has pulled together to stop barbarism of a kind we haven't seen in Europe since 1944...

Emails and documents show just how closely Italian, French, German and Austrian far-right politicians coordinate with Moscow. An investigation by @holger_r , Martin Laine, and @michaeldweiss  for @newlinesmag :