How Putin could use the concert hall massacre to his advantage – POLITICO – 24 Global News | Latest International Breaking News Today

How Putin could use the concert hall massacre to his advantage – POLITICO – Latest International Breaking News Today

Since then, Telegram’s management has appeared more compliant with the Russian state. In 2021 it blocked opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s “Smart Vote” bot ahead of elections to the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament. The bot was a crucial tool for distributing voting instructions, sending users the names of contenders most likely to defeat pro-Putin candidates.

What can we expect after the Crocus massacre? 

Given Putin’s history of harnessing atrocities committed inside Russia to justify brutal and often anti-democratic responses, the response to this latest attack is unlikely to be pretty. 

The first thing Putin might do is implement some planned but predictably unpopular measures, Sergei Davidis, head of the Political Prisoners Support Program at Memorial Human Rights Center, told POLITICO. A prime example is the abolition of elections for governors following the Beslan siege, a clearly unrelated event that was nevertheless used as a pretext for the planned measure.

“In that sense, it’s just a question of what their agenda is here,” Davidis said.

However, the war in Ukraine is already an extraordinary situation that has been exploited to tighten restrictions including full censorship.

It is possible that the death penalty could be reinstated in Russia, “but introducing the death penalty is a Pandora’s box that they themselves may be afraid to open,” Davidis added.

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