Vladimir Putin wants Alexei Navalny to run for president, says top Russia expert

Professor Stephen Cohen says having Navalny on the ballot would be to the Kremlin’s advantage

( –¬†Russian politician Alexi Navalny is calling for a boycott of next year’s presidential election after being barred from running over corruption charges. We speak to Professor Stephen F. Cohen about Navalny, the Russian election, and how Russians are viewing the never-ending Russiagate controversy in the US.

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