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Nearly two months into the war in Ukraine, many Russians have gone from shock and denial to support for their troops and anger at the West.

Polls and interviews show that many Russians now accept President Vladimir V. Putin’s contention that their country is under siege from the West and that it had no choice but to attack. The war’s opponents are leaving the country or keeping quiet. And Russians who support the war are starting to turn on the enemy within.

What is behind this shifting view, and what does it mean for those who go against it?


Anton Troianovski, the Moscow bureau chief for The New York Times.

At first, many Russians were shaken by the invasion. Now many rally behind President Vladimir V. Putin.
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  • In Russia, some citizens are turning on one another, illustrating how the war is feeding paranoia and polarization in Russian society.

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Anton Troianovski contributed reporting.

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