The move seems likely to push resistance to Putin further underground as the Kremlin’s yearslong effort to suppress dissent enters a more aggressive phase.
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The Russian president went up to the brink — and then, with the eyes of the world upon him, stepped back from it. State television images on Friday showed Russian forces that had amassed near Ukraine — sparking fears of an imminent full-scale war in ...
At least 300,000 more people died last year during the coronavirus pandemic than were reported in Russia’s most widely cited official statistics.
White House officials said Biden also confronted the Kremlin leader over the poisoning of an opposition activist and a hacking of government and private computer networks in the U.S.
The tightly scripted attack on Navalny underlined how the opposition leader’s dramatic return to Russia and his arrest have changed the landscape of Russian politics.
The remarkable defiance displayed by many of the protesters signaled widespread fatigue with the stagnant, corruption-plagued political order under Vladimir Putin.
Concurrent crises have blindsided the Kremlin, undermining the Russian leader's image as a master tactician on the world stage.