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In Putin’s Russia, ‘Fake News’ Now Means Real News

A term co-opted by Trump has become a tool of authoritarians

Last week, Russia passed a law making it a major crime to publish what it, i.e. Vladmir Putin, deems "fake" news about the country's military. Violators could face 15 years in prison.

And what is "fake" news, exactly? That's up to Russian authorities. Reportedly, it will include any references to Russia's invasion of Ukraine that call it an invasion, which would contradict the Kremlin's insistence that it's simply a "special military operation." The Kremlin has also applied the term "fake news" to reports that a Russian airstrike hit a maternity hospital in Ukraine.

In other words, fake news means real news.

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