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Mikhail Khodorkovsky received a surprise pardon from Vladimir Putin (photo: dpa)

Intimidation, not jail, keeps the Russian regime in control

Kremlin watchers were surprised in December 2013 by the announcement of immediate pardons for several leading regime opponents who had been imprisoned or held under house arrest for political reasons. But Russia has more subtle ways of keeping potential activists under control than simply jailing them. It uses threats and intimidation – and what is known in Moscow ...
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