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Navalny verdict shows Russia unsafe for business

July 18, 2013

The opposition leader was sentenced to five years in jail after a staged trial for graft. This is the most brazen example of Putin’s clampdown on all opponents. The Kremlin leader is clearly deaf to the need for reform. Investors should ponder - and start mapping exit routes.

Review: Putting a face on the Kremlin’s autocrat

March 23, 2012

In a book that is both thoroughly reported and unashamedly militant, Masha Gessen throws unforgiving light on the mysteries, omissions and lies at the core of the Vladimir Putin story.