How Alexei Navalny revolutionized opposition politics in Russia, before his apparent poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (L) poses for a photo at a Moscow rally in support of political prisoners on September 29, 2019.Dmitri Chirciu/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesRegina Smyth, Indiana UniversityThe harrowing videos of Alexei Navalny, a blogger who has captured popular frustration in Russia, screaming in agony on Aug. 20, 2020 before being removed unconscious from a plane to a waiting ambulance, demonstrate the Kremlin’s increasing reliance on coercion to control dissent.This attack is not the first Navalny has endured. In 2017, he was doused with a green antibiotic that co…

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