War in Ukraine: the “special military operation”, a parallel reality seen from the depths of Russia

In Saransk, the capital of an agricultural region a night’s train ride from Moscow, the elites did not allow themselves to be upset by the tragedy of Boutcha. Between indifference and support, the population follows the news above all on public television.

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SA frank smile and straight gaze, Dmitrï Glushko does not leave his narrative. In Saransk, one night by train from Moscow, the local elites live in the certainty of a parallel reality in what, according to official understatement, the Kremlin calls the “special military operation” in Ukraine. “We must turn to direct sources, in this case, the speeches of President Putin”, assures Dmitrï Glushko in his wooded office as rector of the prestigious state university. “This is not a war, because the goal is the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, not the occupation of its territory. It is necessary to put an end to the genocide carried out for eight years against its own people by the Ukrainian regime. »

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