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The Other Russian Crackdown

Unrest in Ukraine means more repression in Moscow.

Mar 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26 • By CATHY YOUNG
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Where do Russia’s internal politics go from here? That almost certainly depends on whether Putin escalates in Ukraine. At worst, a Russian war in the post-Soviet space might bring about a Soviet-style crackdown against domestic dissent. At best, things will revert to Putin-era “normal,” in which dissent is allowed as long as it poses no tangible threat to the regime.

Cathy Young is a columnist for Newsday and Real Clear Politics and a contributing editor to Reason magazine.

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