NEWSWATCH: “The Russian regime’s critics are falling dead, but their discontent can’t be killed” – Washington Post

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“… #Voronenkov … #Gorokhov … only the latest in the string of violence and death that has trailed those who criticize … #Putin and his regime. Boris #Nemtsov … was assassinated while walking home across a bridge within sight of the #Kremlin walls. Alexander #Litvinenko, a former KGB officer who had become a fierce critic of … Putin … killed in London with radioactive polonium placed in his tea. The killers – and those who gave them orders – have not been brought to justice. These are the marks of a regime that practices the most brutal retribution and coercion against its critics.  Contrast this with the courage of Alexei #Navalny … anti-corruption campaigner and potential challenger to … Putin …. Recently, he published a report showing that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has accumulated more than $1 billion …. Sunday, tens of thousands of people in more than 80 Russian cities heeded … Navalny’s call for unsanctioned, peaceful protests against corruption. The authorities censored the protests on state-controlled news media and arrested hundreds for the crime of participating in an unapproved rally, including … Navalny. … Russian state and society have cleaved. …”

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