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History As It Happens

Feb 11, 2021

The popular unrest following the arrest of opposition politician Alexei Navalny provoked a heavy-handed police crackdown in Russia, where more than 10,000 demonstrators were arrested. More than 20 years after assuming power, Vladimir Putin continues to grip the reins of control, with the maintenance of Russia's global influence his primary goal. Call him Vladimir the Survivor. How does Russia's strongman do it?