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Putin's Amnesties: Political Thaw or PR Stunt?

On Friday, it was President Vladimir Putin’s archnemesis, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. On Monday, it was two women from the Pussy Riot protest group. Later this week, it could be the turn of Greenpeace activists to fly to freedom. Snow covers much of Russia in December, but some people are asking: are we seeing a political thaw in Putin’s Russia? Olympic charm offensive Carnegie Moscow analyst Masha Lipman said no. She tied the release of Russian political prisoners to the Winter Olympics,...

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