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Mass raids target Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny | World news | The Guardian

Kremlin critics denounce searches as attempts to intimidate them Russian investigators have raided opposition offices across the country in the latest move to increase pressure on the chief government critic Alexei Navalny and his allies. The raids, which investigators said were linked to suspicions of financial crimes, followed similar mass searches last month and …

Putin’s star is fading – POLITICO

With Moscow city council vote, Russia’s liberal opposition scored a major victory. For democracy activists in Russia, the real victory this week isn’t that Vladimir Putin’s party performed so poorly in Sunday’s Moscow city council election. That’s just a consequence of a far more important change in the country: the shattering …