Matthew Sussex, The Interpreter |
The Russian government’s recent violent crackdowns against protesters across the nation trod a well-worn path. They signalled that the Kremlin is no longer prepared to let the public blow off steam against rampant government corruption, or against the detention of government critic Alexey Navalny, who was immediately arrested upon returning to Russia. This is not to say that the Russian government is under immediate threat. Its use of disinformation, black PR, proxy violence, cyber attacks and dominance of public narratives are a reminder that the weapons Putin has turned against others – in Crimea, Ukraine, the Baltics, the UK and the US – have long been refined against his own people.
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