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Twenty years of ruthlessness: How Russia has silenced Putin’s opponents

By Pjotr Sauer

27 Aug 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Throughout Vladimir Putin's rule, Kremlin critics, journalists, and defected spies have been subjected to various forms of assassination, including shootings, falls from windows and now possibly plane crashes..

The form of the attacks has varied, from underwear daubed with the nerve agent novichok and polonium-laced tea to more straightforward assassinations by bullet, but throughout Vladimir Putin’s 23 -year rule, Kremlin critics, journalists and defected spies have met with similarly ruthless treatment for opposing his rule.

The fatal crash of a private jet carrying the Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin two months after he spearheaded a mutiny against Russia’s top army brass two months ago appeared to have added a new method to the Kremlin’s extensive assassination menu.

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