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Russia’s Putin beyond Constitutional Government: The Case of Aleksei Navalny

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 14:59
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With a judge handing down a five-year suspended prison sentence, a fine of 500,000 rubles (about $8,400), and a ban on participating in the upcoming presidential election in 2017, Aleksei Navalny could feel just how power can be wielded by high government officials, including even presidents—power ultimately backed up by stern men with guns with the legal right to use lethal force. This, I submit, is what government comes down to—it’s bottom line.
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The true look of a government’s power. (Sergei Brovko/Reuters)

The full essay is at “Russia’s Putin beyond Constitutional Government.”

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Source: http://roguepolitics.com/the-worden-report/2017/02/08/russias-putin-beyond-constitutional-government-the-case-of-aleksei-navalny/

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