Oil and Protests: Putin's Double Trouble

A drop in crude prices could imperil the Russian president’s plans
Photograph by Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg

Hours after his release on May 24 from 15 days in jail, opposition leader Alexei Navalny was mobbed as he toured a Moscow protest camp that for days had resisted police attempts to clear it away. “You can’t frighten us with iron beds and prison porridge. If necessary, I’ll go back to prison 22 times,” said Navalny. “Thousands of people like me are ready to defend their rights.”

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