Shelley Ingli had this very interesting perspective in The Print. Here is an excerpt:
[The decision by court to imprison opposition leader Alexei Navalny] infuriated Russians and spurred thousands to protest. The nationwide demonstrations united disparate opposition groups into one movement that is challenging President Vladimir Putin’s 20-year rule. Now Navalny’s current ill health is again galvanizing protesters.
If persecuting Navalny energizes the opposition against Putin, is it a misstep by Russia’s leader?
As an international legal scholar and professor of human rights, I’ve found that sometimes, strong-arm tactics by autocratic leaders do trigger a reaction that ultimately topples their regime. Often, though, repressive tactics like detention, torture and prosecution help autocrats stay in power.