What @McFaul says here is a joke. Navalny was a marginal opposition figure who polled at around 2%. Putin didn't fear him; it served Putin to have him seen in the West as his main opposition.

The Russian gov't meanwhile has just barred anti-war candidate Boris Nadezhdin. A… https://t.co/UmjCbjeJwy

— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) February 16, 2024