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New Normal in Russia: Putin Critics Punished with Harsh Prison Terms |
In the final days of 2015, as the world’s attention was focused on Syria, refugees and terrorism, Russia continued to dramatically ramp up its crackdown on political expression. More people were being arrested, followed by swift trials, guilty verdicts, and steep sentences of multiyear terms in prison. The chill in the Moscow air is palpable. The …