Russia’s New Political Momentum

10 Feb 2021

(AIIA) Alexei Navalny’s return to Russia on 17 January 2021, his immediate arrest at the border, and a court verdict sentencing him to two years and eight months in jail started a new political moment in Russia. Navalny returned home from Germany after a period of recuperation from poisoning in August 2020 – in all likelihood by his own government – in a dramatic defiance of state warnings that he would be imprisoned upon his return. The release of the investigation about Putin’s Palace two days after Navalny’s return added another layer of drama to this political moment. These events catalysed and exposed several important shifts in Russian politics. [...]

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