A year after Navalny’s return, Putin remains atop a changed Russia

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The Moderate Voice

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands alone.Alexey Druzhinin/AFP via Getty Images Regina Smyth, Indiana University In early 2021, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny flew back to Moscow after recovering in Germany from an assassination attempt carried out by Russian security services. His return prompted an authoritarian turn that transformed Russia – again. I have studied the emergence of Navalny’s strategy and organization from the mid-2000s, documenting his threat to the regime led by Vladimir Putin. Given the loyalty that Putin commands among military and security officials, governm…

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