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A memorial to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny laid in Saint Petersburg on February 16, 2024. Olga Maltseva/AFP via Getty Images

Trump is no Navalny, and prosecution in a democracy is a lot different than persecution in Putin’s Russia

Donald Trump says he’s being politically persecuted, like Russian democracy martyr Alexei Navalny, who died while in a Russian prison on Feb. 16. A scholar says there’s no comparison between the men.
Women lay flowers to pay last respects to Alexei Navalny at a monument in Moscow on Feb. 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Western leaders threaten to undermine Navalny’s legacy in Russia

Alexei Navalny’s successors — not western leaders — are best placed to carry on the fight for Russia’s future. But they’ll only succeed if Navalny’s cause isn’t seen as anchored to western ideals.
In this photo released by Sputnik news agency on Feb. 9, 2024, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson at the Kremlin in Moscow. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Vladimir Putin justifies his imperial aims in Tucker Carlson interview

Why is there such a Russian focus on the Second World War? Because it’s used to justify authoritarian states, the rule of dictators like Putin and Belarus’s Alexander Lukashenko.

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