Starve to rule: How Russia and Assad weaponise aid

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A few months ago, the Matros Pozynich, a Russian-flagged cargo vessel, sailed through the Bosporus on its way to Latakia to transfer thousands of tonnes of grain stolen from Ukraine to the Assad regime. Surely even the worst apologists of contemporary Russian imperialism must find this difficult to publicly defend. Russia’s neo-colonialism is as brazen as it is monstrous – it steals grain, over 100,00 tonnes according to the Ukrainian government, from one part of the world it has colonised by force, to transfer to one of its puppet regimes that it has maintained by the same methods of militari…

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