Putin proves the dangers of autocracy

With full control of the media, political parties in parliament and as commander in chief, Russia's president can pretty do what he likes — including irrationally putting his people in peril



October 3, 2022 - 2:43 PM

A woman walks past huge placards bearing images of Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading "Russia does not start wars, it ends them" and "We will aim for the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine" in the city center of Simferopol, Crimea, on March 4, 2022. (Stringer/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

The Russians are catching on that President Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” in Ukraine is not going so well.

Putin’s call for conscription of an estimated 300,000 reservists has brought the war into their homes. Now fathers, uncles, and even grandfathers are being forced into a battle that they still don’t understand.

How is it their duty to fight Ukraine? 

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