JRL NEWSWATCH: “Putin Has a Patriotism Problem. [Interview with Masha Lipman]” – The New Yorker

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium with United Russia Logo, Gesturing

“The Kremlin depends on ‘passive loyalty’ from the Russian public. What if winning the war in Ukraine demands something more?”

“It has been more than a hundred days since Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine. … [T]he Ukrainians — armed by the United States and Europe — have fought back ferociously and repelled assaults on several key cities. … Russia has … made gains in eastern Ukraine, despite suffering military setbacks elsewhere. Facing heavy sanctions … Putin now must adjust his goals in Ukraine, given that a full-scale occupation of the country is not currently tenable. The prospect of a longer war … raises questions about dynamics within Russia and how people there might view a protracted conflict. I recently spoke … with Masha Lipman …. discuss[ing] … [how] Putin has tried to depoliticize Russian society, how Russian propaganda has evolved alongside the war, and why Putin fears Russian nationalism spiralling out of control. …”

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