Vladimir Putin’s enemy No. 1, Alexei Navalny, survived persecution, arrests, and an attack with a poisonous nerve agent before returning to Moscow, where a court swiftly sentenced him to two and a half years in prison. Days after his arrest, Navalny aired a shocking exposé of the Russian president’s alleged Pharaonic private palace, a video that went so viral it was seen by one out of four Russians. Despite a brutal crackdown that followed, his supporters wouldn’t stop agitating against Putin.
It seemed that Putin just couldn’t catch a break, until now. And, weirdly, it wasn’t the secret police that tripped up Navalny; it was woke piety in the West.