Why Putin Would Poison Opposition Leader Navalny

There are some things Vladimir Putin just can't abide. Threatening personal financial assets and seeking to undermine the entire house of cards Putin and his cronies have built are two of those things. Although Putin has never had much love for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Russian leadership had largely managed to contain Navalny’s impact through quasi-legal methods and subtle intimidation. That changed last month, when Navalny became ill after drinking tea in Siberia. His supporters immediately suspected poison, but Russian police found no reason for investigation and dismissed the claims. Then, after he was airlifted [...]