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DW: What is your impression of Vladimir Putin’s televised speech on September 21?

Andrei Illarionov: We need to understand why he made that speech, why he made his decision on mobilization, on [so-called] “referendums” in the four occupied regions of Ukraine, why he once again started to threaten to use nuclear weapons. All these decisions were announced within the space of three days, between September 19 and 21. All these decisions go against the policy Putin has been pursuing thus far, and against his previously known plans.

For example, referenda were expected to be held either at the end of this year or next year. All of a sudden, the Kremlin has given orders that they be held right away, within the space of just a few days: from September 23 to 27. This is a sham even by…

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