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Russian Election Tensions Rise

Russian police raided opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s Moscow office on the weekend.

Editor’s Remarks: Navalny is the only credible opposition that incumbent president Vladimir Putin faces, but has been banned from running in the March election. In response, Navalny called upon his supporters to boycott the election and protest across the country yesterday. On his Twitter page, Navalny responded to rumours that he had himself been arrested by saying that he was “still at liberty”. Meanwhile, the Kremlin has made it clear that any unsanctioned protests would lead to “certain implications”. Putin’s spokespeople added that police action against Navalny was not motivated by the election but instead by compliance with Russian law.

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