Was Navalny's Poisoning Business as Usual—Or a Turning Point for Russia?

10 Sep 2020

(Newsweek) he poisoning of Alexey Navalny seems to confirm any concerned observer's worst suspicions: Vladimir Putin's regime is transforming into a new, more repressive type of dictatorship than before. This transformation is manifest in an intensified wave of repression against opposition politicians and opinion leaders, unprecedented even by modern Russia's own standards, as well as in recently introduced legislation that amounts to worst electoral changes in Russia's recent history. These developments followed the passage of Constitutional amendments in July 2020, which further eliminated formal constraints on Putin's authority and granted him a permission to stay in power for twelve more years. Russia's regime increasingly looks like the de-institutionalized and repressive autocracies of post-Soviet Asia. [...]

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