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Putin is using RT to double down in Belarus: ‘If you arrest the right 500 people, the other 100,000 won’t show up’


File photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi.
Reuters
Russia’s Putin sent staff from RT, the Russian-controlled TV channel, to state media stations in Belarus — a signal that he does not want protestors to push Belarus’s Lukashenko out of power.
“Putin has decided to fully back Lukashenko to prevent him from falling to this popular uprising,” a NATO military official told Insider.
“This is the first stage of propping up your dictator ally: Solidify control over state media. Then bolster intelligence gathering on who opposes you,” the source said.
Meanwhile, Lukashenko is continuing to arrest any opposition leaders …read more

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