Dr. Samuel Greene Is Currently Director of This Russia Institute at King’s College London. He says the assault on notable Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny could be due to the shifting stakes in Russian politics.
“The excitement for [President Vladimir Putin] across the nation is weakening…Putin may sense, and a number of his handlers may sense, that today isn’t the time to trifle with the resistance, especially when they seem at events in places like Belarus, where recently leaders like Lukashenko felt stable “
Germany called on Wednesday for a combined diplomatic reaction to Russia following toxicology tests revealed Navalny was hospitalized with a military-grade neural agent.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the attack was”aimed at the basic rights and values for which we endure.”