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WHAT’S ALEPPO?

Why Russians don’t seem to care about Putin’s war in Syria

@marcbennetts1

+ UNEASY EXILE: Syrians in Russia are divided between those who support Putin’s campaign in Syria and those who oppose the Assad regime.
VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/GETTY

IT’S A MURKY afternoon in Moscow when I meet “Rafiq” at the cramped offices of a refugee assistance center. A Syrian national, Rafiq fled his homeland to escape the civil war and moved to Moscow with his Russian-born wife. Today, he’s cautious when he talks about the Kremlin’s support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—so cautious that he doesn’t want me to use his real name.

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