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Episode #1 The Crackdown

Alexei Navalny’s new home is around 100 kilometers from Moscow, at the end of a muddy path, on the outskirts of the small town of Pokrov. A year after his poisoning, the main opponent to Vladimir Putin lives in a high-security prison. His Anti-Corruption Foundation is banned. Many of his allies are in exile, independent media are closing down and a ‘climate of fear’ reigns among his supporters.

Featuring interviews with Konstantin Kotov, former activist and prisoner of Penal Colony 2; Ivan Pavlov, lawyer for Navalny foundations; Yekaterina Schulmann, political scientist; Pyotr Tolstoy, deputy speaker of the State Duma; and Armen Aramyan, journalist at student paper Doxa in Moscow.

Russia media is under attack.

At least 10 independent media outlets have been blocked or closed down over their coverage of the war in Ukraine.

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