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Quoted: Timothy Snyder

Courtesy Yale University

Courtesy Yale University

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“As in the 1930s, democracy is in retreat around the world and fascists have moved to make war on their neighbors. If Russia wins in Ukraine, it won’t be just the destruction of a democracy by force, though that is bad enough. It will be a demoralization for democracies everywhere. Even before the war, Russia’s friends—Marine Le Pen, Viktor Orban, Tucker Carlson—were the enemies of democracy. Fascist battlefield victories would confirm that might makes right, that reason is for the losers, that democracies must fail.”

—Timothy Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale, in a May 19 New York Times essay titled “We Should Say It. Russia Is Fascist.”

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