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Russia: A Case Study on the Proliferation of Repression Tactics

MIN READMar 1, 2021 | 22:20 GMT

Protesters clash with riot police during a rally in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia, on Jan. 23, 2021. Navalny was detained upon returning to Moscow after spending five months in Germany recovering from a near-fatal poisoning.

(KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

Since the beginning of 2021, high-profile protests in diverse locations across the globe have called attention to the tactics governments are using to try to deter, disrupt and reduce the influence of mass demonstrations. Russia’s response to the widespread protests triggered by the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in particular, provides a poignant case study on how authorities are increasingly using a wider array of counter-protest tactics beyond physical repression, with implications for security and stability in places where there is significant protest activity....

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