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You're reading: Jackson Diehl: For this Russian dissident, holding Putin accountable was almost deadly

On Jan. 9, the Russian dissident Vladi­mir Kara-Murza celebrated a signal victory in a long campaign to hold Vladi­mir Putin’s regime accountable for its human rights crimes. The outgoing Obama administration announced sanctions against Gen. Alexander Bastrykin, a close Putin confidant who heads the state investigative committee — the instrument used to persecute opposition activists with trumped-up criminal charges.

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