Putin Is Obsessed With Russian Liberals

Source: Foreign Policy
by Justin Ling

“When he heard that Leonid Volkov, his compatriot in the long-suffering movement to bring liberal democracy back to Russia, had been viciously attacked with a mallet outside his home in Vilnius, Vladimir Milov’s response was typically Russian. ‘Oh, I wouldn’t say that this was totally unexpected,’ Milov told Foreign Policy over a beer in an empty and dimly lit hotel restaurant in the Lithuanian capital. When you’re in the business of challenging Russian President Vladimir Putin, which Milov is, you come to accept a certain number of occupational hazards. … The greatest evidence available that the Russian opposition movement poses a real threat to Putin, Milov believes, is just how much money and effort the Kremlin spends to try to crush the liberal movement.” (05/29/24)