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    For the Russian authorities, the threat of Navalny lies in the message not the man

For the Russian authorities, the threat of Navalny lies in the message not the man

Alexei Navalny has had a long line of run-ins with the Russian authorities, adding to his credentials as one of the country’s leading opposition figures, writes Sean Roberts. However, the real issue for the Kremlin is his anti-corruption message and its contagious spread across the country amid continuing economic difficulties and ahead of the all-important March 2018 presidential election.

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Efforts to isolate the opposition in Russia have left Vladimir Putin’s regime with little margin for error.

Last year saw extensive protests in Russia, and efforts by President Vladimir Putin’s government to isolate its opposition. Sean Roberts writes that while these efforts have been moderately successful, they may undermine the pro-Putin consensus, and require reworking in the future. Putin now has little room to make further mistakes if his government wants to avoid a resurgent protest movement. […]

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