Punishing Putin Mostly Means Punishing His Foes

  • 2017-06-14
  • Leonid Bershidsky
After being surprised by broad-based protests in late March, the Russian authorities were ready to prevent a repeat on Monday. Police detained hundreds across the country as well as opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The protests themselves were thinner, too -- planning to be arrested, which is likely, is not for everyone -- but thousands still turned out. As I watched footage of police pulling people out of the crowds in Moscow, St. Petersburg and dozens of other Russian cities, I couldn't help but wonder if U.S. politicians and commentators calling for economic sanct...
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