Comment on the article Kremlin plans new law to block Alexei Navalny’s wife from running in Russia’s election in September by Marc Bennetts in The Times, 10 February 2021. Polish version: Ślad medialny.
The story is laughable. The Russian regime does not need any laws to act and get things done. The talk about a special law to prevent someone from running for office means that person is part of the regime. If the regime considers you a threat in any way, they eliminate you with the smallest legal and media footprint possible, preferably none. The whole Navalny affair is a comedy played mainly for external consumption. The polit-soap opera fills journalistic quotas nicely without providing anything useful.
Production of fake opposition is a very old concept in Eastern Europe but for some reason the media fail to report it.
The modus operandi of the state is different and I would not expect to read about it on the pages of The Times.