A Moscow court decision recently labelled Alexei Navalnyi’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) an "extremist" group. It is a new low in the Kremlin’s campaign to identify and sanction any person or group capable of challenging its rule.
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Malaysia has pragmatically optimised diplomatic and legal instruments as the principal statecraft to advance its interests. Diplomacy and selective deference are central to preserving sovereignty and keeping bilateral ties, while legal means have served to protect Malaysia's interests through quiet, indirect defiance.
In May 2014, Thailand's generals decided, yet again, that their country's elected government was too much trouble. Dusting off their well-worn coup-making playbooks, they rolled the tanks into central Bangkok, secured the key installations required to claim authority, and implemented their familiar style of military rule.