Last week, Russian opposition leader and corruption activist Alexei Navalny was deliberately poisoned in a suspected assasination attempt. He joins a long list of individuals who got on the wrong side of Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian regime:
Pussy Riot activist Pyotr Verzilov (poisoned by an unknown but highly toxic substance, in 2018); former Russian intelligence agent, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, (poisoned with Novichok, a chemical-warfare agent, in 2018); former deputy Prime Minister, Boris Nemtsov (shot in 2015); former Russian intelligence agent, Alexander Litvinenko (poisoned with polonium in 2006); journalist Anna Politkovskaya (shot to death in 2006).
Appeasement doesn’t stop dictators. The free world must.