Since the Duma elections and his re-election as President, Vladimir Putin has initiated a widespread crackdown on the opposition. The imprisonment of the three members of Pussy Riot, along with charges of embezzlement against Alexei Navalny, signify the Russian state’s determination to stifle the opposition, tighten its grip on power and reverse any progress previously made in opening up Russian civil society. On the anniversary of the disputed Duma election results and the rise of the opposition...
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