It is hard to saw how the Navalny led opposition will end. Sadly, there is no inevitable march of history from despotism to democracy. Freedom is hard won and even harder kept.

But what is clear, is that be it a totalitarian state or paranoid elected government, ‘more repression on the streets, more investment in sophisticated surveillance technology and tighter controls over the information sphere’ remain the tools of repression.

@rw It was interesting to see in the video that even 30 years ago, #VladimirPutin was making time to visit the Côte d'Azur with his family. Banning members of his regime from visiting luxurious Western beaches in the Winter is probably a meaningful pressure our governments could apply.


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