A Russian flag is backlit by a giant screen. Below is a dense crowd of people.

Ghost Empire

As Russia rises, how does it project its power around the world? Are its successes genuine or merely sleights of hand? This series looks at the "ghost empire" behind Russian renewal and finds greatness both real and imagined.

Behind the country’s new military prowess and greater international power is a sleight of hand. This series looks at the “ghost empire” behind the illusions.

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