Western focus on Navalny risks missing the bigger picture

This briefing from UK think tank the Foreign Policy Centre looks at whether the Western attention on Navalny risks detracting from many other issues.

Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny’s return to Russia after his poisoning and subsequent jailing has elevated him in the eyes of the Western powers and he has become the number one topic for Russia watchers. This past weekend we have seen demonstrations that are huge by Russian standards across the country. But there is a significant risk that his treatment, albeit egregious, will detract attention from many other issues of concern and may therefore play into the hands of the Kremlin’s rulers.


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