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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has died in prison, the country’s prison service said Friday, following a yearslong struggle against official corruption and President Vladimir Putin’s government that saw him survive several poisoning attempts. He was 47 years old.

Navalny was poisoned with a military nerve agent while on a business trip in Russia in 2020 — an attempt on his life that he blamed directly on Putin — and spent his final years behind bars as the Russian leader reshaped the country to rally behind his war in Ukraine. Navalny’s death comes as the Kremlin is preparing to orchestrate another election victory for Putin in March. More Here

Denison Forum

Dr. Ryan Denison

News broke yesterday that Russia is developing a space-based nuclear weapon that “the United States does not have the ability to counter.”

This is what we know so far:

  • The weapon would be intended to attack other satellites, potentially crippling space-based surveillance, civilian communications, and the military’s ability to coordinate and control operations.
  • To this point, it does not appear that the weapon could be used to target locations on the ground.
  • Russia does not appear ready to deploy the weapon at the moment, though it is unclear what their timeline for doing so might be.
  • Should Russia—or any other nation—send nuclear weapons into space, it would violate the Outer Space Treaty of 1967. China, Russia, and the United States have all signed that treaty, but it remains one of the few from that era still in effect.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with representatives from the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday to discuss the president’s planned response. The Rest of The Story Here

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