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Russian President Vladimir Putin is waging a crackdown on opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his supporters, intentionally choosing the most brutal playbook, according to intelligence officials and hints from the Kremlin itself.
Per sources who spoke to Insider, Putin is likely taking inspiration from events in Venezuela and Belarus, where embattled leaders responded to uprisings in brutal fashion – and are still in power today.
“If you’re Putin you look at Ukraine, where his ally flinched on brutal crackdowns until it was too late, and then you look at Venezuela and Belarus and how they survived by harshly hitting back immediately,” the official said.
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