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Russia's efforts to support Assad started as soon as popular protests against the Assad regime began in 2011, and the regime's political success in the international arena can be in part attributed to Moscow's adoption of what in Russian is called aktivniye meropriyatiya, or active measures.The term has been used since 2016 to refer to Russia's efforts to undermine the U.S. political process, but it applies just as well to Russia's efforts to support Assad. By ignoring and denying the massive human toll of over 500,000 people killed, mostly by the Syrian regime, and another 100,000 forcibly disappeared, Russia and Syria constantly refer to the regime's enemies as terrorists negating the humanity of the deceased in efforts to reinforce its counternarrative in Syria.As the Assad regime prepares for an offensive on Idlib, Western politicians and pundits are talking about the need to work with the Syrian regime, many of them banking on Russia being willing to pressure Assad and rein in Iran, all the while forgetting that Russia has done everything it can to protect the Assad regime politically and militarily and prevented the international community from taking action.
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