Rogov: The Kremlin was afraid the Moscow opposition would create a "domino effect" in the regions

PONARS Eurasia
26 Jul 2019

(RTL) Russian investigators summoned a number of opposition politicians for questioning Thursday after the authorities staged night-time raids and jailed top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for 30 days.

But despite the arrests and interrogations the opposition and some supporters said they would not be intimidated into abandoning plans to turn up for a new rally on Saturday.

The crackdown comes as opposition politicians fight to get on the ballot for a Moscow parliament election in September amid falling approval ratings for President Vladimir Putin. [...]

Observer Kirill Rogov said the Kremlin was afraid the Moscow opposition would create a "domino effect" in the regions and unleashed a campaign of "police terror" against them.

"This is the largest coordinated police action against the opposition since 2012," he wrote on his blog. [...]

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