Through the looking glass

An article in The Economist writes that President Vladimir Putin is now faced with a difficult decision over how to deal with de facto opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Putting him back in jail on fabricated charges could provoke a fresh revolt. Giving him a suspended sentence that would bar him from politics is not risk-free either, given his ability to surmount official barriers. Mr Navalny’s decision not to call people out on the barricades but to channel his support into a sustained political party or movement suggests he is in it for a long run.

Friday, September 13, 2013