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Foreign life

Navalny’s final agony at the Polar Wolf gulag

24 February 2024

9:00 AM

24 February 2024

9:00 AM

One winter’s night before the Ukraine war, I was on a train that stopped at a remote station deep in the Russian arctic. It was late November. The mercury stood at 15 degrees below zero – the hard, dry frost of the far north. The train stood silent, wreathed in the coal smoke of the stoves that heated every carriage.

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