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Opinion Dark days again in Russia. For prisoners, an endless carousel of absurdity.

To understand Russia today, it is necessary to reach back to Stalin’s Great Terror, when the secret police were called NKVD. Frida Ghitis: More than at any time in recent memory, the Russian security services are grabbing people arbitrarily and imprisoning them for criticism of Vladimir Putin or his barbaric war against Ukraine. She says Vladimir Kara-Murza was arrested in April on a sham charge of disobeying the police, then indicted on a charge of “public dissemination of knowingly false information” about the Russian military. Ghitis says the same approach has been employed to unjustly imprison Alexei Navalny and Ilya Yashin.