Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny returned to Moscow, following a failed poisoning attempt by Kremlin security services. He was arrested upon arrival and subsequently sentenced to two and a half years in prison for allegedly violating parole. As Russians take to the streets to protest the Kremlin's show trial and international calls for Navalny’s release grow, our experts react to what may be the most serious challenge to Vladimir Putin’s rule in 20 years.



Linas Linkevičius, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Former Minister of Defence Republic of Lithuania

Zhanna Nemtsova, Co-Founder, Boris Nemtsov Foundation

Thomas Firestone, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP; Board of Directors, Center for European Policy Analysis

Alina Polyakova, President and CEO, Center for European Policy Analysis



Edward Lucas, Senior Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis