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The persecution and arrests of political opponents of the party in power are Shakespearean in complexity and intrigue. It may help Canadians to understand the plot by imagining a hypothetical domestic scenario.

Let’s say a former Canadian liberal prime minister is charged by the conservative incumbent for abuse of power in handling a tough issue, perhaps preventing Quebec’s separation. He is defiant, claiming charges are politically motivated. Most Canadians agree. Moreover, there is evidence that the current prime minister’s office is coaching witnesses and the judge. When the accused requests translation of testimony into the official language, he is arrested for contempt of court.

As unbelievable as it seems this is Ukraine’s reality with an added complication: Russia.

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