Wed, October 14, 2020 11:00 A.M.
Bad things happen to people that Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, dislikes. Aleksei Navalny, the most important leader of Russia’s opposition currently lies in a German hospital bed struggling to recover from a cup of poisoned tea. On February 27, 2015, Boris Nemtsov, a liberal politician who was steadfast in opposing Putin, was assassinated on a bridge near the Kremlin. When a poisoned beverage failed to dispatch journalist and author Anna Polikovskaya, she was shot to death in an elevator two years later. Politifact, the respected fact checking service founded by the Poynter Institute, estimates that 34 Russian journalists have been killed since 2000.
Dr. Benjamin Nathans is the Alan Charles Kors Endowed Term Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. The author of five books and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, his current book project is “To The Success of Our Hopeless Cause: A History of the Soviet Dissident Movement.”
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