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Lauren McCarthy Pens An Analysis On How Putin Uses Authoritarian Law To Crack Down On Dissent And Why It Works

Lauren McCarthy, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Legal Studies has authored an analysis about why Vladimir Putin uses Russian law to crack down on dissent. “Russians generally believe that people should obey the law and that people should be punished for violating it. Autocrats make things illegal so they can shift blame away from themselves for passing unjust laws and instead blame individuals for breaking them,” she writes.Since the war began, the Russian government has conducted more than 15,400 arrests, charging 10,000 of them with administrative violations.” (The Washington Post, 4/7/22)

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