Russia is at war with the West. It uses propaganda, economic coercion, military sabre-rattling, extraterritorial killings and diplomatic pressure to systematically undermine the rules-based international order. It also wages “lawfare”, abusing international legal co-operation and law-enforcement institutions.
Since coming to power in 2000, Vladimir Putin has built an authoritarian kleptocracy in Russia. In this system, elections and political institutions have been hollowed out, the judiciary is supine and several critical journalists and political opponents have been killed.
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