Putin, Poison and the Importance of Alexey Navalny: QuickTake

Alexey Navalny is Russia’s most prominent opposition figure, an anti-corruption investigator whose exposés have targeted President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. His return to Russia — and immediate detention — after recuperating in Germany from a nerve-agent attack he blames on the Kremlin risks creating a new irritant in Russia’s relationship with the West. While the poisoning has already resulted in new sanctions against Russia, more could follow as the U.S. and Europe call for his release.


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