Ben Noble

Dr Ben Noble is associate professor of Russian politics at University College London and associate fellow of Chatham House. He is co-author of Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future?

Alexei Navalny’s ‘Stalinist’ jail sentence is no surprise

Alexei Navalny – the most high-profile figure of Russia’s political opposition – has just been sentenced to 19 years in a ‘special regime prison colony’. This was no surprise. Navalny himself predicted the ‘Stalinist’ sentence for a variety of criminal charges, some relating to ‘extremism’, in a blog post the day before the sentence was handed down: ‘The formula for calculating