Will pro-Navalny protests threaten Putin’s power?

A protestor holds a heart-shaped sign reading "I love you, Russia! We are Russia!" during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The protests in Russia in support of jailed anti-corruption leader Alexei Navalny are fueled by a combination of frustrations with Vladimir Putin’s repressive government, Russia’s stagnant economy, and the impacts of COVID, says Angela Stent. Whether demonstrations will grow into a larger, sustained movement remains to be seen, and what influence the U.S. and Europe can wield may be limited.

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