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Mar 3 9 tweets 2 min read
There are reports on social media of restaurants around the world banning Russians.

This discrimination has no place in a civilized society.

Random civilians should not be blamed for their government's wars.🧵
A restaurant in Greece allegedly bans Russians. Image
A restaurant in Portugal says "No service for Russians."

The sign says they'll only be served stone soup. "Bon Appétit!" Image
A Thai restaurant prohibits Russians from entering.

Its sign blames the war for the policy. Image
A restaurant in Poland reportedly bans Russians from entering. Image
Russians are drawing the obvious comparison to Jews being banned from restaurants in Nazi Germany.

I don't think you need to go that far.

What's happening is wrong, even without bringing up Hitler. Image
Note: The reliability of social media is always questionable.

I can't verify the authenticity of all these anti-Russian signs.

I'm sharing anyway because the fact that Russians *believe* this story is itself newsworthy.
It's not just wrong to ban Russians: it's counter-productive.

Putin *wants* his people to believe it's Russia vs. the world.

When you act out that narrative, you give him a propaganda victory.
As predicted, harassment of Russians at restaurants is becoming valuable propaganda for the Russian state.

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For the first time in history, we are fighting a proxy conflict where *victory* means nuclear war.

By providing Ukraine with weapons to attack Crimea, we are endangering the entire world. 🧵 1/N
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It's likely that this was an attack carried out by Ukraine using U.S.-provided long-range weapons, such as the MG-140 АТАСМS.
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The ultimate goal is to retake Crimea from Russia.
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Today, Russia doubled down on its goal of toppling Zelensky.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, "We will certainly help the Ukrainian people to get rid of the regime."

This wasn't loose language. It was a clue to Russia's current grand strategy. 🧵 1/N
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In the first, Russia aimed to topple Zelensky.

In the second, it abandoned that plan and chose to focus only on conquering the Donbas region in Eastern Ukraine.
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Specifically, it believes that nationalist hard-liners within the Ukraine government make it impossible for Zelensky to give up territory.
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The U.S. government has been paying me to build a replacement for Bitcoin and Ethereum.

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Here's a thread on how it works – and how it could increase the value of the Dollars in your bank account.🧵
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The main problem is scarcity. The Dollar is losing its value, because its supply is unlimited.

When new Dollars are created, they lower the value of the ones that already exist.
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Central Banks can't print more Bitcoin, because its supply is limited by rules encoded in the blockchain protocol.

The maximum amount of BTC that can ever exist is limited, which lets it store value like "digital gold."
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The West is pushing Ukraine to attack inside Russia.
It's a great tactic – but a horrible strategy.

Putin can respond by declaring war on Ukraine, making millions of conscripts available.

The conflict would grow to an apocalyptic scale matching WW2.🧵👇 A mega-thread...
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At the same time, blasts at nearby Russian military facilities allegedly killed multiple soldiers.

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This is a remarkable piece of misinformation being spread by major accounts.

They claim the FSB is so dumb that it forged a neo-nazi letter and accidentally signed it "Signature Illegible."

It's amazing that stories this dumb get RTed +10,000 times... 🧵
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Here is the cover of a piece of extremist literature where it's prominently displayed.

The meaning isn't entirely clear: it could refer to e.g. the "signature" of a criminal group.
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So it's obvious this wasn't a bizarre oversight in signing the letter.

It's clearly supposed to be a moniker associated with the extremists.
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That was part of Putin's justification for launching the invasion of Ukraine.

Publicly endorsing that strategy helps Putin by apparently vindicating him.
Second, it raises questions about America's actual goals in Ukraine.

I believe we should seek to end the conflict in order to minimize the suffering of the Ukrainian people.

But I've long argued that is not the Biden administration's policy.
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