Why we need a new spirit of internationalism to counter Russian imperialism


The invasion of Ukraine is now forcing the world to face up to the unprecedented threat posed by Russian imperialism. In this op-ed article, Mediapart’s publishing editor Edwy Plenel argues that what is needed is a surge of international solidarity to defend and help the Ukrainian people who are resisting that aggression.

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A new imperialism is threatening world peace and it is Russian. Russia's invasion of Ukraine is finally forcing us to face up to this reality. This truth has been staring us in the face for a decade, to be precise ever since March 2012 and the third presidential term of Vladimir Putin, who has held uninterrupted power in Moscow for what will soon be a quarter of a century.