Is Russia getting away with Murder?

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Western governments have accused the Russian Federation of attempting, abetting, and orchestrating the assassinations of political enemies since the mid-1990s, the most recent case being the attempt on Alexey Navalny. As Russia’s most prominent opposition campaigner, Navalny made a long list of adversaries by exposing the corruption of ministers, oligarchs, and local politicians: on August 20, he fell violently ill on a flight in Siberia, becoming the latest victim of political violence denied or played down by Moscow. 

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