It’s the first foreign-policy test of the Joe Biden presidency. The dissident Alexei Navalny, fresh off of recovering in Germany from an assassination attempt by poison, courageously returned to Russia and was promptly jailed. Protests erupted, and the Kremlin responded with a violent crackdown. Yesterday, a Russian court sentenced Navalny to more than two years in a penal colony. It’s a fraught situation — and one which will set the tone for the Biden administration’s Russia policy and treatment of human rights abuses abroad.
The best response is for Biden to practice what he preached on the campaign trail: rally America’s allies in a new diplomatic push to pressure the regime of Vladimir Putin.
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