Bella Saltiel is a freelance journalist working in London. She has written for Catapult, Huck, Teen Vogue, Dazed, Novara Media, Tribune, Vittles and others. In 2020, she received a fellowship from the Center for Investigative Journalism, and she has edited the local newspaper Barnet Post.
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After the collapse of the Soviet Union, condemnation of the crimes committed by its autocratic government could have allowed for “history [to] develop in some other ways,” Tomak says. This might have given Russia and Belarus the opportunity to transform their political structures. Instead, “Putin is like a successor to the USSR.”