What Navalny’s Poisoning Says About Russia’s Putin

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, center left, and his wife Yulia, during a march in Moscow, Russia, March 29, 2020 (AP photo by Pavel Golovkin).
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, center left, and his wife Yulia, during a march in Moscow, Russia, March 29, 2020 (AP photo by Pavel Golovkin).
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From the moment Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny abruptly fell ill last week, the top suspect in what immediately looked like a case of poisoning was President Vladimir Putin and his regime in Moscow. That suspicions quickly centered on a possible assassination attempt by the Kremlin is another damning indictment for a president who has sought to earn international respect. A government whose critics routinely die mysterious deaths, or survive attempts on their lives, reveals itself to be outside the bounds of legitimate democratic behavior. That people suspect Putin orders the assassination of his domestic foes shows the grotesque image […]

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