Mark Galeotti Mark Galeotti

Why Navalny is becoming a danger to Putin

Alexei Navalny in February 2020 (photo: Getty)

The man with no name is now a prisoner with a number. Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader poisoned by security officers back in August, flew back to Moscow yesterday and was promptly arrested. Whether this is symbolic catch-and-release or a sign that the Kremlin plans to bury him – literally or metaphorically – in its prison system remains to be seen.

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