Putin’s insistence that his war on Ukraine is just a “special military operation” is one of the latest signs that the English writer George Orwell remains relevant 72 years after his death, noted Laura Beers. “If it becomes impossible even to say that Russia should not have invaded Ukraine, internal political opposition to the war ceases to be a viable proposition,” she wrote. 

“Much of Orwell’s writing, and particularly his final novel ‘1984,’ was preoccupied with the importance of speaking the truth and the risk to both individuals and societies when states attempt to censor and manipulate speech.”

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