When a Dissident Becomes a Collaborator
The New Yorker
Maria Baronova was a brash anti-government activist in Russia. Why did she join the Kremlin’s propaganda network?
1/ This is a very interesting piece by
which raises a thorny issue my family has some experience with. (short thread follows)
A bit like watching my Cambodian colleagues make peace with working in state friendly media in the past few years. Things get bad enough, and it starts making sense even to idealists.
In which my favorite character raises my favorite question. When a Dissident Becomes a Collaborator
"What makes a person collaborate with a repressive, hateful, or criminal government? There are simple answers (...) But I am interested in the more complicated answers, which have to do with the desire to do good when all available options are bad."