Democracies must stand up to the tyrants in Russia and Belarus

Democracy is under attack in several countries but the recent repression in Russia and Belarus graphically illustrates the importance of accountable governance.While Alexei Navalny, 44, Russia’s best-known democracy and anti-corruption advocate, struggled for life in a coma in a Siberian hospital after being poisoned, President Vladimir Putin followed his ongoing practice – refusing to voice the opposition leader’s name.Navalny threatens Putin’s regime because he stands for a peaceful, democratic Russia and is principled, selfless, courageous and charismatic.European political leaders reacted …

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