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How can SA in clear conscience abstain in a vote against genocide?

By remaining neutral on Ukraine, SA is effectively showing its support for Russia’s murderous campaign

Executive editor: opinions and analysis

I cannot understand fans of the bloodthirsty despot who rules Russia.

Vladimir Putin is a deranged bully; he’s exterminating an entire sovereign nation because of his absurd insecurities. In Putin’s sad little world the Cold War never ended and somehow the US and its Nato allies are trigger-ready to nuke Russia to smithereens. He needs therapy.

I refuse to take seriously anyone — let alone black South Africans who have first-hand experience of brutal oppression — telling me that Putin is somehow committing genocide to “fight imperialism”. You are allowed to be nostalgic about the USSR and the role it played in our liberation struggle, but don’t confuse the former Soviet Union with Putin’s Russia — a state where protest and dissent are brutally crushed, a darling of the alt-right movement...

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