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Russia's Optics Problem

As it weathers economic sanctions, global outrage and significant losses in the war against Ukraine, Russia faces another dilemma back home: Division. The Kremlin's propaganda has for months focused on the "special operation" it claims was in response to NATO aggression. Since the announcement of a partial mobilization, thousands of men have fled the country, protests have broken out and draft offices have been attacked. Can Moscow regain control of the public message?

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    Public Backlash Over Conscription

    Kremlin attempts to calm Russian fury over chaotic mobilisation

    Kremlin attempts to calm Russian fury over chaotic mobilisation

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    The Guardian - Andrew Roth in Moscow

    Amid angry protests over the conscription of new recruits, a propaganda drive is seeking to deflect blame from Vladimir Putin It took Alina three goes at the local conscription centre to get her husband out of Russia’s war in Ukraine. She knew the local officials managing the mobilisation in her town …

    Russian men flee the country. Many are showing up in Istanbul

    Russian men flee the country. Many are showing up in Istanbul

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    NPR - Fatma Tanis

    ISTANBUL, Turkey — Russian men continue to flee the country, by land or air, days after President Vladimir Putin's announcement to mobilize additional forces to bolster his flailing war in Ukraine. At Istanbul's main airport, a constant stream of Russian men came through the arrivals terminal. …

    Fewer Russians cross border to flee despite military call-up

    Fewer Russians cross border to flee despite military call-up

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Fewer Russians have crossed into neighbouring countries in recent days, according to local authorities, despite persistent anxiety over the partial mobilization the Kremlin launched less than two weeks ago to bolster its forces fighting in Ukraine. The mass exodus of Russian …

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