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Putin, the poisoning and Belarus: what’s really going on? | The Economist

Vladimir Putin has been rattled by protests in Belarus and Russia’s far east—and stands accused of poisoning Alexei Navalny, his only real political rival at home. What does Putin really fear?

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  1. liana sammartino

    Navalny has NOT been poisoned by president Putin. It looks more a script taken from the Skripal farce. May be a CIA/UK job to stop North Stream2?

  2. Jesus is Lord & Savior

    Poor fellows, these old men; their ardent and long-lasting love for their people is not being reciprocated.

  3. martin weir

    WOW STOP WE MUST STOP USA UK EU TERRORISM
    EUROPEAN UNION IS TRYING TO REMOVE BELARUSIAN GOVERNMENT
    EUROPEAN UNION IS PAYING FOR ALL PROTEST AT $600 FOR STUDENTS ETC AND $1,600 FOR POLICE OFFICERS TO RESIGN

  4. VAL IONKIN

    Lies and Propaganda!
    It’s amazing to be fluent in English to understand this video.
    at the same time
    Talking to my family about this in Belarus and the people’s sentiments.
    It’s appalling, on all the lies and misinformation in this video.

    1. felix mendez

      Disinformation is their job, what they are paid for. Did you really think this people are there to inform and educate the public..?

    2. VAL IONKIN

      felix mendez Born and raised in USSR and understanding the politics and culture, sure gives you a different perspective.
      I agree with you on Misinformation/Disinformation if the Western world was given true and none bias journalism/news, we would have a lethal society, knowledge is power!

  5. Ragnar Andersson

    Soon…by by Putin 😁

  6. martin weir

    AUSTRALIAN MEDIA SUPPORTS EASTERN EUROPE STABILIZATION

    ITS ALL ABOUT DESTABILIZATION OF BELARUS EU PAID PROTE$T AND RIOT$
    ITS ALL ABOUT DESTABILIZATION OF RUSSIA , ALL POISONING BY UK MI6 BLACK OPPS

  7. martin weir

    AUSTRALIAN MEDIA SUPPORTS EASTERN EUROPE STABILIZATION

    ITS ALL ABOUT DESTABILIZATION OF BELARUS EU PAID PROTE$T AND RIOT$
    ITS ALL ABOUT DESTABILIZATION OF RUSSIA , ALL POISONING BY UK MI6 BLACK OPPS

  8. martin weir

    AUSTRALIAN MEDIA SUPPORTS EASTERN EUROPE STABILIZATION

    ITS ALL ABOUT DESTABILIZATION OF BELARUS EU PAID PROTE$T AND RIOT$
    ITS ALL ABOUT DESTABILIZATION OF RUSSIA , ALL POISONING BY UK MI6 BLACK OPPS

  9. Boon Tee Tan

    Protests and poisoning aside, hardy Putin would not bow to external pressure that easily.
    Why make such a fuss on Belarus protests when French Yellow Vests could continue their riots? Why blow the poisoning of opponents out of proportion when other nations could get rid of their dissenters easily via covert assassinations?
    Worldwide, the very powerful leaders are doing similar questionable things in different questionable ways.
    That's all.. Any more questions??

  10. abc abc

    trump and republicans wants to do this in USA!!!!!!!!

  11. Arthur Dewith

    Belarus is the manufacturing hub of Russia Ukraine is the bread basket of Russia without Russia is a barren wasteland

    1. felix mendez

      Yep, that is why Russians are starving to death now that Ukraine is gone. What a dope..

  12. Olga Dzhurko

    Достали пропогандой

  13. Shilpan Shukla

    There is only one way to remove a dictator. Guillotine

  14. daydream324

    Putin and the Belarus dictator have changed their constitutions so that they can stay in power forever. Who do they remind me of —– oh, that's right, Trump!

    1. felix mendez

      Another lying POS who conveniently forgets that when Putin presented his proposal to the Russian people in a referendum 75% of them agreed with the change. And no, it wasnt the Democrat Party of the U.S. in charge of the referendum so we can be sure the results were real and honest..

  15. ackc1204

    He should be more afraid of Xi then anyone. When two dictators standing side by side to each other, no one knows who is wearing the sheep skin.

    1. felix mendez

      Putin was elected democratically you imbecile.

  16. Omoding Moses

    This is another terrible report trying to demonize Putin Shame on you reporter you represent something else you are not a true journalist
     Great Putin Great Putin he is a great leader stopping blood suckers from taking over the world.

  17. Mayor Mina

    プーチンを、もしくは政府を忖度して、プーチンや政府に盾突く者に毒を盛る人間がいるということだ。誰から命令されたのかは文書には残らないことになっています。さて、日本の野党の国会議員なら、どうやって、これを調査し白日のもとに晒すか?桜を見る会・森友と同じような手法で。野党の議員たちの狂乱する姿が浮かぶな?

  18. Vivian McClure

    be VERY careful of rising up another EVIL DICTATOR…. be VERY VERY CAREFUL

  19. Robert Smith

    "Russia" will be stronger if:
    FREE Siberia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Split Russia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F Putin

  20. I like girls

    HE IS AFRAID OF THE USA.

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