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The Soviet Origins of Putin’s Mercenaries

The Soviet Origins of Putin’s Mercenaries

Where did the notorious Wagner Group come from, and why has Vladimir Putin relied so heavily on Russian mercenaries in the last decade? Ruslan Trad argues it’s because they’re good for business, and they have a proven track record — from Soviet-occupied Afghanistan.

Inside Russia’s Secret Propaganda Unit

Russia’s Secret Propaganda Unit

Exclusive documents reveal the role of a secret Russian intelligence section in propaganda and espionage operations.