Robin Ashenden

Navalny exposes the truth about Putin’s ‘strong man’ image

Alexei Navalny at his latet sentencing (Credit: Getty images)

The 19-year extended prison sentence handed out to Putin opponent Alexei Navalny on Friday may seem, to many, meaningless and the stuff of Kremlin fantasy. Putin himself is unlikely to be with us in 2042, and his regime will be history long before that.

Nor do we know whether his successor will issue an amnesty to those Putin has singled out for persecution or take an even harder line with them.

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Robin Ashenden
Robin Ashenden is founder and ex-editor of the Central and Eastern European London Review. He is currently writing a novel about Solzhenitsyn, Khrushchev’s Thaw and the Hungarian Uprising.

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