What Putin nemesis Alexei Navalny is, and what he is not

It is very human and natural to admire courage and resolution – these are qualities that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny possesses to a quite remarkable degree. It is also natural to sympathize with suffering – and Navalny has suffered and very nearly died for his beliefs and goals. And of course it is natural to feel disgust with the increasingly criminal behaviour of the Putin administration in Russia. However, admiration, sympathy and disgust are emotions, not arguments or analysis, and should be employed with great caution in the formulation of state policy. Recent weeks have seen…

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