As we recoil in horror at Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine, it may be helpful to have the lineups so we are clear about who and what are on each side. It is essential to realize that Putin’s side is not represented by the flag of the Russian Republic. His is the side of the Czarist Russian Empire.

{Robert S. McElvaine’s latest book, The Times They Were a-Changin’ — 1964: The Year the Sixties Arrived and the Battle Lines of Today were Drawn, will be published by Arcade (distributed by Simon & Schuster) on June 7.}

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