How did this war with Ukraine even become a possibility? Maxim Trudolyubov, writing for the Riga-based Russian website Meduza, believes the answer to this question can be found in the political alternate 'reality' developed in Russia in recent years. This 'reality' is based on lies, manipulation, and the production of fakes. Previously, it seemed so crudely constructed that it was impossible to imagine anyone in charge (especially those who created it) to believe it seriously. As it turns out, however, somebody does believe it. His name is Vladimir Putin.