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It's a life-or-death matter to run for president in Russia against Vladimir Putin

It's a life-or-death matter to run for president in Russia against Vladimir Putin

With the Russian presidential election coming next March, the political atmosphere for Kremlin critics has turned hostile, even downright dangerous. Earlier this month, Yulia Latynina, one of Russia’s most prominent journalists and a fierce detractor of Vladimir Putin, announced she had left Russia with her family and would not be returning any time soon. Her car had been set on fire in what she says was an assassination attempt. In July, a toxic gas was funneled into the window of Latynina’s home, and last summer a stranger poured a bucket of feces on her as she walked down a Moscow street.

For veteran anticorruption crusader Alexei Navalny, who has declared himself a candidate for...

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