20th-century strains


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Putinism itself is built on an ideology of all ideologies at once: liberalism; nationalism; conservatism; Orthodox tradition; an “anti-hegemonic” foreign policy. As Pomerantsev points out, one key to the success of this new authoritarianism is that “instead of simply oppressing opposition, as had been the case with 20th-century strains, it climbs inside all ideologies and movements, exploiting them and rendering them absurd”.
(The Guardian; Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev review – Putinism and the oil-boom year)

Would you be so kind as to tell me the exact meaing of 'strain' here?

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