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Putin's Big Lie: Why Russia Is Doubling Down On The "Denazification" Of Ukraine

Even as the Russian army shifts in its original invasion objectives, the country’s state media is busy fueling pro-war sentiment with what remains a central talking point, the supposed "denazification," of Ukraine, which some warn is a recipe for genocide

Photo of a protestor throwing red paint on the banner of the TV channel NASH to protest against Russian propoganda

Protesters demonstrate against the Russian propaganda of the tv channel NASH in its Kyiv headquarters.

Cameron Manley

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At the end of March, Russia appeared to clearly readjust its ambitions for the invasion of Ukraine. Moscow was no longer requesting Ukraine to be “denazified,” and according to state media would “magnanimously” retreat from Kyiv towards the Eastern and Donbass regions of Ukraine.

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But the would-be magnanimity didn't last long: the rhetoric coming from Russia now seems to have retreated back to familiar ground. The spurious narrative of denazification as the primary excuse for the “special military operation” is being pushed harder than ever before.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

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