Russia’s anti-corruption champion to challenge Putin

Russian opposition leader Navalny plans to run for president in 2018, Reuters reports.

“”There have not been competitive elections in Russia for 20 years,” Navalny, 40, the founder of Russia’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, said in his statement.

“I’m sick and tired of watching ‘elections’ with the candidates just making up the numbers, not daring to criticize the pre-determined winner. I understand very well that for me even to become a candidate would not be easy.”

Read the full story here: Navalny to run for 2018 Russian presidency

Turkey’s failed coup – what next?

“The Turkish government moved swiftly to calm investors before financial markets reopen Monday after a failed coup, with the central bank promising unlimited liquidity to lenders and the deputy prime minister posting on Twitter that there’s “no need to worry.”

Bloomberg reports on the immediate fallout of the failed coup – full story here:Turkey calms investors

Columnist Leonid Bershidsky assesses the view from Russia – Lessons for Putin

 

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