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HONG KONG—China’s high-profile crackdowns on property developers, technology firms and other private enterprises are starting to weigh on business activity and add to financial risks in the country, raising the potential that Beijing’s campaigns could harm the broader economy. Over the past year, China has taken numerous regulatory actions, including fines and other penalties, affecting a range of industries as it tries to reduce inequality, rein in excessive debt and force businesses to hew more closely to the Communist Party line. Beijing officials signaled that the country’s strong recovery from Covid-19 provided a window of opportunity to act, enabling them to tackle social and economic imbalances without derailing its overall growth trajectory.
Organizations: Communist Party Locations: HONG KONG, China, Beijing, Covid
A demonstrator holds a placard reading "To be against the authorities does not mean to be against the motherland" during a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in...moreA demonstrator holds a placard reading "To be against the authorities does not mean to be against the motherland" during a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil ZhumatovClose
Persons: Shamil Zhumatov Organizations: Russian Communist Party, REUTERS Locations: Moscow, Russia
MOSCOW — Opponents of Vladimir Putin have alleged large-scale vote rigging in the country's election over the weekend, which looks set to return an emphatic victory for the ruling United Russia Party. Some 98 percent of ballots had been counted by Monday afternoon local time, with the country's Central Election Commission declaring nearly half of the votes for United Russia. The Kremlin hailed the result, saying United Russia, which Putin helped found, had confirmed its role as the leading party. The near complete results showed the Communist Party finishing in second, followed by the nationalist LDPR party and the Fair Russia party with just over 7 percent each. Both it and United Russia denied any role in the registration process for candidates.
Persons: MOSCOW —, Vladimir Putin, Sergei Mikhailichenko, Dmitry Novikov, , Putin, Dmitry Peskov, Gennady Zyuganov, Alexey Kudenko, Lyubov Sobol, Alexei Navalny, Sobol, Alexei Druzhinin, Sergei Sobyanin Organizations: MOSCOW, United Russia Party, Monday, Commission, United Russia, Communist, Kremlin, Getty, Communist Party, Reuters, NBC, Duma, Electoral, Russian Communist Party, Sputnik, AP, Authorities, Fair Russia, United Russia's, Moscow Locations: Moscow, St . Petersburg, Russia, United Russia
Visitors enter the Universal Beijing Resort as the Universal Studios theme park opens to the general public, in Beijing, China, September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Florence LoBEIJING, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Universal Studios' Beijing resort opened its doors to the public on Monday after a two-decade wait, including delays because of COVID-19. And, it will be the first Universal park with a section dedicated to the movie "Kung Fu Panda" and includes an area based on the Harry Potter franchise, which is popular in China. Universal Studios announced the development of the resort in 2014, saying at the time it would cost $3.3 billion. The park is estimated to earn more than 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) a year in revenue with up to 12 million visits, according to state-run Beijing Daily.
Persons: Florence Lo, Harry Potter, Communist Party's, Qin Gang, Brian Robertssaid, Sophie Yu, Chen Aizhu, Tony Munroe Organizations: Universal Beijing, Universal Studios, REUTERS, Beijing, Disney, Reuters, Trip.com Group, Global Times, Beijing Tourism Group, Comcast Corp's, Universal Parks & Resorts, Tourism Investment, Qin, . Universal Studios, Comcast, Thomson Locations: Beijing, China, Florence, Florence Lo BEIJING, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tianjin, America, Communist, Washington, Singapore
Chinese national flag flutters next to a flag of Universal Beijing Resort, ahead of the resort's opening in Beijing, China, August 27, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File PhotoBEIJING, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Universal Studios' Beijing resort was set to open its doors to the public on Monday after a two-decade wait, including delays because of COVID-19. The highly-anticipated opening takes place amid U.S.-China relations that have deeply deteriorated in recent years. Universal Studios announced the development of the resort in 2014, saying at the time it would cost $3.3 billion. ($1 = 6.4549 Chinese yuan renminbi)Reporting by Beijing newsroom Editing by Tony Munroe and Christian SchmollingerOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Tingshu Wang, Harry Potter, Communist Party's, Qin Gang, Tony Munroe Organizations: Universal Beijing, REUTERS, Universal Studios, Beijing, Disney, Trip.com, Global Times, Beijing Tourism Group, Comcast Corp's, Universal Parks & Resorts, Tourism Investment, Qin, . Universal Studios, Comcast, Thomson Locations: Beijing, China, BEIJING, Shanghai, Hong Kong, America, Communist, Washington
Beijing sets planned fires to save property forest
  + stars: | 2021-09-20 | by ( Pete Sweeney | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
The last time Beijing tried to cool property prices in 2013 to 2014, it had to back off as economic activity contracted too. But so long as property is seen as risk-free, it will continue to attract an inordinate amount of capital. Share prices in listed developers have started plunging; even before the latest rout, Evergrande was already down 85% this year. Evergrande is due to pay $83.5 million of interest on Sept. 23 for its offshore March 2022 bond. It has another $47.5 million interest payment due on Sept. 29 for March 2024 notes.
Persons: David Swanson, Xi Jinping, Evergrande, Robyn Mak, Katrina Hamlin Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, HK, Communist, National Bureau of Statistics Locations: Sequoia, Lake Isabella , California, U.S, HONG KONG, China, Beijing, Hong Kong
That disbelief widely reflects how rare gun crime is in China -- in contrast to it being a daily reality in the US. In 2019, nationalist tabloid Global Times touted China's effective gun control as "a lesson for (the) US." By 1996, a national gun control law had been promulgated by the National People's Congress, China's rubber-stamp legislature. China's gun control policy is broadly popular among the public, which -- like many in the international community -- views US gun crime with bewilderment and horror. Instead, China's boys' love dramas are filled with heated glances, lingering touches, long moments of tension and implicit but unmistakeable romance.
Persons: Mao Zedong, Xi Jinping, China's, Zhu Yonglei, It's, Evergrande, Laura He Organizations: CNN, State, Global Times, Chinese Communist Party, Nationalist, US, Communist Party, National People's Congress, Police, National Radio, Television Administration, Bloomberg, Reuters, UBS, CNN Business Locations: China, Wuhan, United States, Weibo, People's Republic of China, People's Republic, Beijing, Communist, Fujian province, Japan, South Korea, China's, Guizhou, Evergrande's, Shenzhen
Russian President Vladimir Putin enters the hall during his meeting with the United Russia Party candidates on August 22, 2021, in Moscow, Russia. Russia's ruling party, United Russia, appears to have retained its majority in State Duma elections at the weekend, cementing its control of parliament and bolstering President Vladimir Putin's power base. Voter turnout stood at 45.15%, the election commission noted, down from 47.8% in the last election in 2016. It was widely expected that the ruling United Russia party would secure a victory in the vote which took place between Sept. 17-19. Russia's Central Election Commission said the voting process had proceeded normally and that it investigates any reports of irregularities.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Russia's, Vladimir Putin's, Putin, Alexei Navalny, Ella Pamfilova, Golos Organizations: United Russia Party, Russia's, Communist Party, Liberal Democratic Party of, United, United Russia, Commission, Independent Locations: Moscow, Russia, United Russia, Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Independent Russian
Hong Kong (CNN Business) Cheng Wei built a world-class ride-hailing app that not even Uber could keep up with in China. The pressure could dismantle Didi's stranglehold on the Chinese market unless the company can appease the ruling Chinese Communist Party. It even reimbursed drivers for the penalties authorities imposed on them for breaking local laws, to keep Didi drivers on the road and retain customers. After 2016, Didi continued to cement its command over Chinese ride-hailing, and by 2018 controlled 90% of the Chinese market. "No Chinese company can openly challenge the Chinese Communist Party and expect leniency," said Alex Capri, a research fellow at the Hinrich Foundation.
Persons: Cheng Wei, Uber, Cheng, Will Cheng, He's, Didi, Wang Gang, Baidu BIDU, Jean Liu, Hitch, Xi Jinping, Bloomberg Cheng, Tu Le, Alex Capri, Winston Ma, Meituan, Alibaba, Tu Organizations: CNN, Communist Party, Alibaba, Business Times, Companies, Regulators, Bloomberg, Cyberspace Administration, China, Party, US Securities and Exchange Commission, Eurasia Group, Chinese Communist Party, Foundation, New York University School of Law, Geely Auto, China's Ministry of Transport Locations: Hong Kong, China, Beijing, Alibaba, Uber China, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, lockstep, New York, United States
MOSCOW—Russia’s ruling party appeared on course to maintain its majority in parliament, early results showed, in an outcome that would cement President Vladimir Putin’s control over his country’s main levers of power. The preliminary tally showed pro-Kremlin United Russia won 45% of votes cast, followed by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation with 22% and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia with around 8%, according to early results from Russia’s electoral commission based on 30% of the ballots counted.
Persons: Vladimir Putin’s Organizations: MOSCOW, Kremlin United Russia, Communist Party of, Russian Federation, Liberal Democratic Party of Russia
The expected win by the ruling United Russia party will be used by the Kremlin as proof of support for President Vladimir Putin despite malaise over years of faltering living standards. United Russia holds nearly three quarters of the State Duma's 450 seats. Both it and United Russia deny any role in the registration process for candidates. He said he welcomed the Navalny campaign and criticised United Russia. Other voters voiced anger at United Russia at a polling station in the capital of more than 12.5 million where United Russia has fared worse in recent years than in some regions.
Persons: Tatiana Meel, Alexei Navalny's, Vladimir Putin, Putin, Navalny's, Mikhail Lobanov, Lobanov, Anatoly, I'm, Roman Malakhov, Polina, Gareth Jones Organizations: REUTERS, Pro, Putin, United, Kremlin, Communist Party, United Russia, State, Apple, Communist, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Vladivostok, Russia, MOSCOW, United Russia, Communist, St Petersburg, European, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Lobanov's district, United States, Britain, Soviet Union, United
Op-ed: Will China's President Xi’s big bet pay off?
  + stars: | 2021-09-19 | by ( Frederick Kempe | ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +7 min
Chinese President Xi Jinping is making the most audacious geopolitical bet of the 21st century. The Chinese state then took an equity stake in ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, and in Weibo, the micro-blogging platform. Regulators banned "American Idol"-style competitions and removed from the internet any mention of one of China's wealthiest actresses, Zhao Wei. The authors detail China's global efforts to not remake the world in its image, but rather "to make the world friendlier to its interests — and more welcoming to the rise of authoritarianism in general." Within President Xi's bold bet lie two opportunities for the U.S. and its allies.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Xi, Scott Morrison's, Morrison, Kevin Rudd, Ant Group's, Jack Ma, Didi, Meituan, Rudd, sissy, pao, Zhao Wei, Lily Kuo, Jude Blanchette, Charles Edel, David Shullman, Edel, Shullman, Xi's, overreaching Organizations: NATO, Australia, Australian, Asia Society, Transport, Party, Chinese Communist Party, Regulators, Washington Post, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Marxist, Atlantic, China Global, Foreign Affairs, CCP, U.S Locations: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, France, U.S, China, Hong Kong, Shanghai, ByteDance, Weibo, Washington, Beijing
Former Russian agent Maria Butina has won a seat in Russia's parliamentary elections. In 2018 Butina was jailed for acting as an unregistered foreign agent in the US. Butina recently received large sums of money from her ex-boyfriend Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of online retailer Overstock.com and Donald Trump supporter. Byrne and Butina had been in a romantic relationship, and Byrne later claimed that he had been passing information on his lover to the FBI. Butina said of Byrne, according to The New York Post: "I have one weakness as a woman — I really like smart men.
Persons: Maria Butina, Butina, Patrick Byrne, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin's, Putin, Byrne, Maria, Paul Erickson, Erickson, Alexei Navalny's, Pavel Ptitsin, Alexander Torshin, Torshin, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Donald Trump Jr, Alexei Navalny Organizations: Service, State Duma, National Rifle Association, Washington DC, Alexandria Sheriff's, REUTERS, FBI, Federal, GOP, NRA, The New York, Communist Party, Central Bank, Wisconsin Governor, United Russia Locations: Russian, Russia's, United States, Russia, United Russia, Kirov Oblast, Washington, Alexandria, Alexandria , Virginia, U.S, Moscow, Louisiana, Kirov
Members of a local election commission count ballots at a polling station inside Kazansky railway terminal after polls closed during a three-day long parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Evgenia NovozheninaMOSCOW, Sept 19 (Reuters) - The ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, is on course to win a three-day parliamentary election, initial results and an exit poll showed on Sunday. With just 9% of ballots counted nationwide, the Central Election Commission said United Russia had won 38.57% of the vote. Separately, an exit poll conducted by INSOMAR and published by Russia's RIA news agency predicted United Russia would win just over 45% of the vote. The party won just over 54% of the vote in 2016, the last time a parliamentary election was held.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, INSOMAR, Alexei Navalny, Maria Tsvetkova, Gabrielle Tétrault, Farber, Andrew Osborn Organizations: REUTERS, United, Commission, RIA, United Russia, Communist Party, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, Evgenia, MOSCOW, United Russia, United
A debt crunch involving China's second largest properly developer has caught investors' attention in the past week. Ed Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research, says it's unlikely Evergrande will have a fallout quite as severe as the Lehman bankruptcy when the global economy and credit markets collapsed. Like with hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management, Yardeni sees government intervention in Evergrande preventing any collapse and contagion. Even if a crisis tied to Evergrande is avoided, Yardeni does not see Chinese markets rebounding anytime soon. "There are lots of global investors that want to be invested in areas where they feel comfortable, where there's corporate governance rules, where there's contract laws that are obeyed.
Persons: Ed Yardeni, Lehman, Yardeni, CNBC's, Evergrande Organizations: Lehman, Yardeni, Term Capital Management, Federal Reserve, Chinese Communist Party, U.S Locations: Shenzhen, China, Beijing, U.S
Vietnam approves Abdala vaccine as president visits Cuba
  + stars: | 2021-09-18 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Doses of Cuba's Abdala coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine are seen at a vaccination center in Caracas, Venezuela July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero/File PhotoHANOI, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Vietnam has approved Cuba's Abdala vaccine for use against the new coronavirus, the government said on Saturday, as the Southeast Asian country is battling its worst outbreak. "The ministry of health has approved Abdala vaccine, based on the country's urgent need for its COVID-19 fight," the government said in a statement. The ministry last month said Cuba would supply large quantities of Abdala to Vietnam and transfer the production technology by the end of the year. Vietnam and Cuba are among the last five Communist-ruled countries in the world, along with China, Laos and North Korea.
Persons: Manaure Quintero, Abdala, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, William Mallard Organizations: REUTERS, Communist, Thomson Locations: Caracas, Venezuela, HANOI, Vietnam, Hanoi, Havana . Vietnam, Cuba, Abdala, China, Laos, North Korea, United States
Security personnel stand guard outside Evergrande’s headquarters, in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China September 17, 2021. REUTERS/David KirtonThe Chinese banks’ measures, reported for the first time, show how financial institutions in the world’s second-largest economy are bracing for a possible collapse of Evergrande. In general, Chinese banks’ exposure to Evergrande has fallen in the past year, and most of their outstanding loans are collateralized or guaranteed by deposits, according to the four sources. It is possible the government may step in to manage an orderly collapse of Evergrande, said two banking sources familiar with the matter. ($1 = 6.4550 Chinese yuan renminbi)
Persons: David Kirton, AgBank, Evergrande Organizations: Reuters, Security, REUTERS, Agricultural Bank of China, China Minsheng Banking Corp, China CITIC Bank Corp Ltd, People’s Bank of China, China Banking, Insurance, Commission, Regulators, Chinese Communist Party, Global Times Locations: BEIJING, HONG KONG, China, Shenzhen, Guangdong province, Evergrande
The China Evergrande Centre building sign is seen in Hong Kong, China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File PhotoHONG KONG, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Chinese state-media Global Times' editor in chief said struggling Evergrande Group (3333.HK) should use market means to save itself and should not bet on a government bailout as it deems itself "too big to fail". Global Times is a nationalistic tabloid published by the Communist Party's People's Daily. With total liabilities of more than $300 billion, Evergrande is scrambling to raise funds as it teeters between a messy meltdown with far-reaching impacts, a managed collapse or a government bailout. Reporting by Clare Jim; Editing by Stephen CoatesOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Tyrone Siu, Hu Xijin, Lehman, Clare Jim, Stephen Coates Organizations: China Evergrande, REUTERS, Global Times, Evergrande, HK, Communist, Thomson Locations: China, Hong Kong, HONG KONG, People's
The Kremlin leader's fiercest domestic critic, jailed anti-corruption firebrand Alexei Navalny, hopes a tactical voting campaign led by his team in exile can upstage United Russia and hurt its bid to secure a hefty new majority. Both those parties, like the Just Russia party, back Putin on many key policy matters. Navalny's allies call the election a sham and have told supporters to vote for candidates they think have the best chance of defeating United Russia in their respective districts. read moreBoth Putin and United Russia's ratings have been under pressure due to years of falling or stagnant wages compounded by frustrations over the pandemic and rising inflation. read moreIt is the first time United Russia has campaigned for votes in east Ukrainian territory held by Moscow-backed separatists where Russia has handed out 600,000 Russian passports, infuriating Ukraine.
Persons: Navalny, Vladimir Putin's, Putin, Alexei Navalny, Gennady Zyuganov, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Boris Vishnevsky, Tom Balmforth, Andrew Heavens Organizations: United, Duma, Kremlin, Communist, United Russia, Putin, Security, Cooperation, Thomson Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, United Russia, Baltic, Soviet, Moscow, Europe, Petersburg, Ukraine
Review: Riches to rags with the red aristocrats
  + stars: | 2021-09-17 | by ( Pete Sweeney | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +6 min
“Red Roulette: An Insider's Story of Wealth, Power, Corruption, and Vengeance in Today's China” is a story of the dysfunctional yet profitable relationship between China’s red aristocracy and the country’s nimble, rapacious private firms. The private sector will not necessarily shrink. The blurring pace of change, the public humbling of private sector champions like Ma, and the overnight destruction of entire industries like after-school tutoring, can only make private capital more risk-averse, deterring investment and research. Xi wants to discipline the private sector, not destroy it. Follow @petesweeneypro on TwitterCONTEXT NEWS- “Red Roulette: An Insider's Story of Wealth, Power, Corruption, and Vengeance in Today's China” was published by Scribner on Sept. 7.
Persons: Carlos Barria, “ Whitney, Duan Weihong, Desmond Shum, Deng Xiaoping, Shum, Duan, Zhang Beili, Wen Jiabao, Auntie Zhang ”, Xi Jinping, Wen, Auntie Zhang’s, Duan miscalculated, Xi, Jack Ma, , Ma, China ”, Scribner, Peter Thal Larsen, Katrina Hamlin Organizations: Porsche, Reuters, Ping An Insurance, HK, of, Ferraris, China’s Communist Party, New York Times, CCP, Party Locations: Shanghai, China, CHINA, HONG KONG, Beijing, of China’s, Hong Kong, Paris, Sun
A bus drives past a United Russia campaign poster put up ahead of the elections to the Russian State Duma of the 8th convocation scheduled for September 17-19. Vladimir Smirnov | TASS | Getty ImagesRussia will hold elections to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, from Friday and experts expect the vote to consolidate President Vladimir Putin's power base in the Kremlin. Around 108 million voters in Russia have a right to elect 450 members of the State Duma for a five-year term. "United Russia is now polling at around 30%, substantially lower than in 2016. We expect United Russia and other pro-Kremlin affiliates to retain a large majority in the Duma."
Persons: Vladimir Smirnov, Vladimir Putin's, Putin, Adeline Van Houtte, Alexei Navalny, Van Houtte, Navalny, Tursa Organizations: Russian, Duma, Getty, State Duma, United, Teneo Intelligence, Economist Intelligence Unit, Kremlin, Communist Party of, Russian Federation, Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, New Locations: United Russia, Russia, Kremlin, Central, Eastern Europe, Europe, State, Belarus
The China Evergrande Centre building sign is seen in Hong Kong, China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File PhotoHONG KONG, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The editor-in-chief of state-backed Chinese newspaper Global Times warned debt-ridden property giant Evergrande Group (3333.HK) that it should not bet on a government bailout on the assumption that it is "too big to fail". read moreEvergrande is due to pay $83.5 million interest on Sept. 23 for its March 2022 bond . The bonds would default if Evergrande fails to pay the interest within 30 days. Evergrande shares fell another 13% to HK$2.28 on Friday, the lowest level since Oct 2011.
Persons: Tyrone Siu, Hu Xijin, Lehman, Kirkland, Ellis, Clare Jim, Stephen Coates Organizations: China Evergrande, REUTERS, Global Times, Evergrande, HK, Times, Lehman Brothers, Communist, Moelis, China Minsheng Banking Corp, Thomson Locations: China, Hong Kong, HONG KONG, People's
Security personnel stand guard outside Evergrande’s headquarters, in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China September 17, 2021. The Chinese banks' measures, reported for the first time, show how financial institutions in the world's second-largest economy are bracing for a possible collapse of Evergrande. In general, Chinese banks' exposure to Evergrande has fallen in the past year, and most of their outstanding loans are collateralized or guaranteed by deposits, according to the four sources. Minsheng, for example, has cut its loan exposure to Evergrande to 30 billion yuan from 40 billion yuan over the past 12 months, one of the sources said, adding it also stopped offering new loans to Evergrande in recent months. ($1 = 6.4550 Chinese yuan renminbi)Reporting by Cheng Leng in Beijing, Julie Zhu and Clare Jim in Hong Kong Ediitng by Sumeet Chatterjee and Mark PotterOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: David Kirton, China Evergrande, AgBank, Evergrande, Cheng Leng, Julie Zhu, Clare Jim, Sumeet Chatterjee, Mark Potter Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Agricultural Bank of China, China Minsheng Banking Corp, China CITIC Bank Corp Ltd, People's Bank of China, China Banking, Insurance, Commission, Regulators, Chinese Communist Party, Global Times, Thomson Locations: Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, David Kirton BEIJING, HONG KONG, HK, Evergrande, Beijing, Hong Kong
US military leaders frequently cited China's growing military as challenge that's only going to grow in the coming decades. Those coming decades are also set to see intensifying climate change wreaking havoc around the world. Vadim Savitsky\TASS via Getty ImagesNone of these assessments, however, take into account the impact of climate change on China's security. China's distinct climate risks were brought to the fore in the IPCC's new report, "Climate Change 2021." He is the author of 15 books, the latest of which is "All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon's Perspective on Climate Change."
Persons: Defense Lloyd Austin, Vadim Savitsky, we've, Zhu Zhe, Xi Jinping, Xi, NOEL CELIS, CCP —, Kim Kyung Hoon, China —, Thein Sein, Ng Han Guan, they'll, Joe Biden, Lance Cpl, Isaiah Gomez, , Michael T Organizations: Service, Pentagon, Defense, Senate Armed Services Committee, Getty, People's Liberation Army, PLA, Party, China Daily, PLA's, Command, PLA Air Force, People's Armed Police, PLA Rocket Forces, Chinese Communist Party, CCP, Reuters, Communist Party, Department of Defense, National Defense Strategy, US Marines, . Marine Corps, Trump, Biden, Hampshire College, Arms Control Locations: Washington, Beijing, China, United States, Russia, Algeria, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Zhengzhou, floodwater, Henan Province, , Kaifeng, Henan, AFP, Belgium, Netherlands, Zhengzhou —, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Hong Kong, Wuhan, Hubei province, China's, Myanmar, American, North Carolina, Hurricane Florence, Asia
But political observers say the vote leaves little room for genuine opposition to Putin and independent political activism is confined to an increasingly tight space. The latest crackdown on political dissent was signaled when Kremlin critic and opposition politician Alexey Navalny was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in Siberia in August 2020. Navalny blames Russian security services for the attempt on his life, which the Russian government has repeatedly denied. And Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov suggested that smart-voting efforts were, in fact, a campaign designed to cast doubt about the legitimacy of the Russian elections. Pivovarov told CNN that he thinks Russia will continue to see a further "tightening of the screws."
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Ella Pamfilova, Putin, Alexey Navalny, Navalny, Navalny's, Yulia Navalnaya, Russia didn't, Violetta Grudina, Grudina, Andrei Pivovarov, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Pivovarov, Tatiana Stanovaya, R.Politik, Russia's siloviki, Anastasia Bryukhanova, Stanovaya, VTsIOM, Stanislav Andreichuk, Andreichuk, Dmitry Peskov, Bryukhanova Organizations: Moscow, CNN, Voters, State Duma, United, Russia's, Kremlin, European, coronavirus, Navalny, Carnegie, Duma, United Russia, Communist Party, Authorities Locations: Russian, United Russia, Russia, Siberia, European Union, Germany, Moscow, Belarus, Murmansk, Petushki, Open Russia, St . Petersburg, Krasnodar, Carnegie Moscow
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