Alexei Navalny’s detention to test Russian activist’s support

Kremlin warns protests planned for weekend breach law as fears of opposition crackdown grow

“Navalny now is not just a physical person, Navalny is somehow a movement: with its values, regional infrastructure and activists,” said Tatiana Stanovaya, founder of Russian political consultancy R. Politik. “So if the Kremlin just puts Navalny in prison and does nothing else, it will make the work of [his team] more difficult but will not stop it.”

“The Kremlin demonstrates very hardline intentions,” said Ms Stanovaya. “So the question is whether the Kremlin will opt for steamroller tactics? It seems to me rather logical.” “[They] can really suppress regional infrastructure; hamper the work of Navalny’s team in Russia, as well as impeding the spread of the investigations in social media and on the internet in general, including YouTube,” she added. “But what they can’t do is to hamper work for those investigators who are abroad.”

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