Putin's Crimes: Words Matter

The horrors produced by Russian soldiers in Bucha and Borodyanka have spurred countless commentaries on two concepts: crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide. Commentators rightly note that these notions differ not on the heinous nature of certain acts, but on how they should be defined. But often missing from these discussions is the historical context, which, in crucial respects, shaped both concepts — a context as ironic as it is tragic.


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