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Putin aims to intimidate people who speak out about the atrocities of the war.

Putin has imposed Stalin-like restrictions on speech about the military and Ukraine. Ilya Yashin dissected evidence of potential war crimes documented by Western journalists. He was sentenced to 8½ years in prison for calling attention to possible war crimes committed by Russian troops. Alexei Yashin: War crimes trials should lead to war crimes trials. He says Russian security services and military rehearsed “kill-or-capture” missions to find those behind Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution. Plans included seizing Ukraine’s national heating, electricity and financial operations.