There appear to be few signs that the Kremlin and Russia’s security agencies are ready to adopt a more relaxed approach to opposition groups and dissent, say analysts, notwithstanding that anti-government protests don’t appear to have weakened Vladimir Putin’s grip on power.

Last week, security agencies dubbed the anti-corruption foundation of Alexei Navalny, Russia’s best-known opposition leader, a ‘foreign agent,’ possibly as a prelude to closing it down. That was followed by nationwide raids on the foundation’s affiliates and other Navalny-connected figures.

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