Less than three months ago Alexei Navalny, current figurehead of the Russian opposition, collapsed from apparent poisoning on a flight between Siberia and Moscow. German doctors who treated him later, said he ingested the nerve agent Novichock. The Kremlin has denied any involvement, accusing the West of mounting Russophobia. Our guest this week from Moscow is Vyacheslav Nikonov, a member of president Putin’s party United Russia and a lawmaker in the lower house of parliament, the Duma. Why is it that those who speak loudest for the Russian opposition run the risk of mortal danger?
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