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Russian Culture in the Gulag

The West’s cancellation of Russian cultural events and exchanges as a form of collective punishment for the Ukraine war was always a dubious strategy, likely to backfire. But no outsider could possibly do as much harm to Russian culture – and Russia’s future – as the Kremlin is now doing.

NEW YORK – A year ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of a “special military operation” in Ukraine, supposedly aimed at protecting the people of the eastern Donbas region and ensuring the country’s “demilitarization and de-Nazification.” With that, he also launched an assault on his own country’s rich culture, which is now spurned by the world.