Russia: how Putin is silencing his opponents | The Economist



In Russia, repression is on the rise as Vladimir Putin seeks to crush any form of dissent. From eliminating the opposition—including his main rival, Alexei Navalny—to controlling the courts and purging Russia of free speech, Putin is deploying a wider range of tactics than ever to tighten his grip on power.

00:00 – What is happening in Russia?
01:00 – Why is Putin afraid of Alexei Navanly?
02:33 – The role Russia’s economy plays in Putin’s power
04:16 – How Russia is eliminating political opponents
07:28 – What happened in the 2021 State Duma elections
08:30 – How the legal system is being exploited
11:18 – How free speech is being stifled
14:09 – Why Putin’s opponents are fleeing

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