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Session 178

Demonstrations have been taking place in Russia after Alexei Navalny, President Putin's most high-profile critic, was arrested on his return to Russia a week ago. In the summer last year, Navalny was poisoned. Catherine and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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News Review

Russian Navalny Protests

Demonstrations were held on Saturday in about 100 cities and towns from Russia's Far East and Siberia to Moscow and St Petersburg following the arrest of Alexei Navalny. Navalny, who is President Putin's most high-profile critic, was poisoned last summer.

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The story

In the freezing cold, out they came. Thousands of protesters taking to the streets to demand change. In Vladivostok, in the far east of the country, there were scuffles with police as they tried to disrupt protests the Kremlin says are illegal. “Putin is a thief,” they shouted. “Freedom to Navalny.”

Key words and phrases

spell the end
indicate a major change is going to happen

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makes something seem less important than it is

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  • The minister downplayed her role in the corruption scandal.

reminders of past events

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  • Some say the attack on the Capitol had echoes of 1930s Germany.

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