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How the Kremlin is militarizing Russian society

Over the past eight years, the Russian government has promoted the idea that the motherland is surrounded by enemies

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Migrant crisis in Belarus tests Putin’s uneasy alliance with Lukashenko

Lukashenko’s Belarus is Russia’s only full-fledged ally in Eastern Europe, the region that Moscow has long seen as its most important sphere of influence.

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Belarus plane crisis tightens Lukashenko’s awkward embrace of Putin

Belarus is a country of just 9.5 million people the size of Michigan, but for Putin, it is both a critical ally and an enormous headache.

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A life in opposition: Navalny’s path from gadfly to heroic symbol

Methodical and uncompromising, Navalny, 44, has spent almost half his life trying to unseat Putin

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Website editor in Russia is jailed for sharing joke about Navalny protests

Smirnov’s retweet, according to court papers, 'calls on a group of individuals of unlimited size to take part in an unauthorized protest on January 23, 2021'

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Putin, long the sower of instability, is now surrounded by it

In Belarus, Putin responded to a street uprising in August by propping up the country’s unpopular autocrat, President Alexander Lukashenko, turning public opinion against Russia.

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