JRL NEWSWATCH: “Once again, Putin gives us a lesson on the usefulness of the blatant lie” – Washington Post/Anne Applebaum

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“They were, they declared, just tourists. Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – identified … as … Russian intelligence agents who poisoned four people in … Salisbury – were simply on vacation …. This type of tactic has a history. … [During] the invasion of Crimea … Putin insisted … Russian troops marching across the peninsula were locals who … picked up … army equipment in ‘military surplus shops.’ … [a] lie was just plausible enough to muddy the waters. Remember, talk shows … debating ‘Is this an invasion?’ rather than ‘What are we going to do about it?’ …. Russian money matters …. Those who depend on it will happily lap up … holiday tales of Boshirov and Petrov as an excuse to ignore their crimes, postpone sanctions and change the subject. …. The sheer effrontery of the interview, like the effrontery of this attack, sends a message: We don’t care what any of you think. If we want to kill Russians in Britain, we will. …”

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