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Why Islamic State Attacked Russia – and Why Russia Blames Ukraine

Chaos descends: the scene outside the Crocus City Hall concert venue after the attack on 22 March. Image: / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0 DEED

Vladimir Putin, an exemplary cynic, may well have allowed the attack on the Crocus City Hall concert venue to take place so that he could use it to push mass mobilisation, strengthen domestic support for the Ukraine war, and make opposition to his rule even more difficult. Like Islamic State, Putin’s aggression seems to be enduring and expanding.

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