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Mark Gongloff

Putin’s Secret Weapon Is a Bubble Made of Toadies, Oil and Nukes

Sanctions strong enough to pierce his information cocoon would also invite harmful blowback.

Vladimir Putin’s bubble is almost a literal one.

Vladimir Putin’s bubble is almost a literal one.

Photographer: SPUTNIK/AFP/Getty Images

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Information bubbles are a big problem here in America. People sink themselves into warm, soothing cocoons of agreeable media and opinions until they lose touch with reality. It’s how we end up with stuff like Republicans admiring Vladimir Putin more than President Joe Biden.