The 19-year extended prison sentence handed out to Putin opponent Alexei Navalny on Friday may seem, to many, meaningless and the stuff of Kremlin fantasy. Putin himself is unlikely to be with us in 2042, and his regime will be history long before that.
Nor do we know whether his successor will issue an amnesty to those Putin has singled out for persecution or take an even harder line with them.
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