A few days before Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, Vladislav Surkov, then Vladimir Putin's chief image-maker, ideologue and eminence grise, published a short story. Among other things, Surkov masterminded and helped manage the disinformation campaign against Ukraine. Surkov left the Kremlin in 2021, but it would be a mistake to ignore his futuristic tale about a fifth world war. With Russian forces poised to attack Ukraine, it's an outline of Putin's strategy. Unfortunately, the news media can't seem to figure out how to cover the story, much less explain its play by play.
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