Russia’s Jailing of Putin Foe Navalny Draws U.S., European IreBy Irina Reznik and Henry Meyer
Navalny raised the focus on officials’ opulent lifestyles in a video released after his arrest that’s got 108 million views and alleged that Putin owns a giant $1.3 billion Black Sea palace. Putin dismissed the claim and a billionaire ally, Arkady Rotenberg, said last week that he is the beneficial owner of the residence.
“The opposition outside the system is seen by the Kremlin as a hostile force, a threat to national security, which requires harsh, merciless, repressive tactics against Navalny” and his allies, said Tatiana Stanovaya, head of political consultancy R.Politik. “This is only the beginning.”