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How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Radicalized Putin

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In the late spring and early summer of 1989, Dresden faced its ?rst unsanctioned gatherings: handfuls of people collecting in public squares, ?rst protesting the rigging of local elections in May and then, like the rest of Germany, demanding the right to emigrate to the West. In August, tens of thousands of East Germans actually traveled east—taking advantage of the lifting of travel restrictions within the Soviet bloc—only to descend on West German embassies in Prague, Budapest, and Warsaw. A series of Monday-night protests began across the cities of East Germany, growing bigger every week. East Germany shut its borders, but it w

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