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A former aide to President Boris Yeltsin has warned that Russia is in danger of a return to its totalitarian past.

“Stalinist terror consisted of a chain reaction of confessions, where one tortured person gave up others,” said Georgy Satarov, who also heads a Moscow anti-corruption think-tank.

“Now the same thing is starting to happen again. We must all understand that once this kind of avalanche begins, anybody can fall under it. Nobody is safe.”

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