The Russian activist Aleksei Navalny has spent years agitating against corruption, and against President Vladimir Putin.
Last summer he was poisoned with a rare nerve agent linked to the Russian state. Last week, after recovering in Germany, he returned to Moscow. He was arrested at the airport, but he managed to put out a call for protest, which was answered in the streets of more than a hundred Russian cities.
Today, we look at the improbable story of Aleksei Navalny.
Guest: Anton Troianovski, who has been a Moscow correspondent for The New York Times since 2019.
- Pro-Navalny protests moved across time zones and more than 3,000 people were arrested in at least 109 cities, signaling widespread fatigue with the corruption-plagued political order presided over by President Vladimir Putin.
- The protests presented the Russian government with its biggest wave of dissent in years.
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