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The End of Russia's Mass Hallucination

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Fresh barbed-wire fencing around the nation's main TV tower isn't exactly a sign of a confident regime.
 
In addition to reinforcing its perimeter, Moscow's state-run Ostankino television center also upgraded its security detail, replacing regular police officers with elite Interior Ministry forces. 
 
"These are normal security measures that are connected to the alarming situation in Moscow, in Russia, and in the world," Denis Nazarov, a spokesman for Ostankino, told Novaya Gazeta.
 
Beefing up security at Ostankino -- the epicenter of the Kremlin's propaganda machine -- is just one sign that the Kremlin is getting increasingly concerned about civic unrest as 2015 draws to a close.
 
Russia's security services have also increased their stocks of crowd-control weapons -- including grenade launchers -- fivefold.
 

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The End of Russia's Mass Hallucination

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