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“Navalny has said the vote [in March] will not be a real, democratic election but the ‘reappointment’ of Putin, who has been president or prime minister since 1999 and is seeking a new six-year term.” (RFE/RL)
It is clear from the video  that Navalny didn’t hit police, though he appears to be trying to release their grip on him. Putin’s Russia is just really out of control. As long as those outside of Russia continue to do business in and with Russia nothing will change. The sanctions are so weak as to be almost non-existent. Cummins, that US VP Pence’s brother is just retiring from this year, is still doing business there; Trump friend-advisor Carl Icahn’s still doing business there with his Federal-Mogul; Exxon and Shell are still there at Sakhalin; Ford is still there, etc. The Russian government and oligarchs are still allowed to do business in the US and sometimes hold strategic assets (e.g. Evraz). Europe is highly dependent upon Russia for its energy. No one is making sacrifices as was done in World War II, even though there were major sanctions busters then, within Switzerland; Franco’s Spain, and Turkey, and others, depending on the point in time. At least there was an international effort to do serious sanctions.
From RFE/RL: https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-navalny-summoned-questioning-attacking-police/29019387.html
“Navalny Summoned For Questioning, Accused Of Attacking Police
February 05, 2018 13:05 GMT, RFE/RL
Investigators in Moscow have summoned opposition politician Aleksei Navalny for questioning over what they claim was an assault on the police officers who detained him at a rally late last month.
Navalny wrote on Twitter  that police came to his home at 7:30 a.m. local time on February 5 and handed him two subpoenas.
He said he was accused of “hitting the police” who detained him at the protests, one of dozens that Navalny organized nationwide on January 28 to rally in support of his call for a boycott of Russia’s upcoming presidential election.
Navalny also wrote on Instagram  that the case against him was linked to a video showing the moment he was detained.
The video shows officers wrestling a struggling Navalny to the ground and bundling him into a police bus. It does not show him striking the police.
Navalny was among at least 350 people detained at the demonstrations on January 28.
The Investigative Committee said that several police officers suffered bodily injuries while detaining people at the protests.
Navalny was released later the same day pending a court hearing, which has not yet been held.
A vocal opponent of President Vladimir Putin, Navalny called for the boycott of the March 18 presidential poll after election authorities in December barred him from running because of a criminal conviction he contends was fabricated.
Navalny has said the vote will not be a real, democratic election but the “reappointment” of Putin, who has been president or prime minister since 1999 and is seeking a new six-year term.
Kremlin critics say most of the other candidates are being used as window-dressing in a vote that Putin is certain to win in Russia’s tightly controlled political environment.
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“Less than three weeks before his murder, on 10 February, Nemtsov had written on Russia’s “Sobesednik” news website that his 87-year-old mother was afraid Putin would kill him. He added that his mother is also afraid for former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky and anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny….” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Nemtsov