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Russian Opposition Leaders Searched By Police Ahead Of Demonstration

On the eve of another mass protest in Moscow, opposition leaders had their apartments turned upside down by special security forces.

Sergei Udaltsov speaking after his apartment was searched (youtube)
Sergei Udaltsov speaking after his apartment was searched (youtube)

MOSCOW- Russian special police units searched the apartments of leaders of the upcoming "March of the Millions," the latest in a series of Moscow protests against Vladimir Putin.

According to security forces, the leaders of the protest movement were searched early Monday in connection with the last major protest on May 6 protest in the capital's Bolotnaya Square. Russian authorities characterized that demonstration as: "mass chaos and violence against government representatives."

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Is Soft Power Dead?

With an activist Supreme Court creating a gap between democratic rhetoric and reality in the U.S., and Russia and China eager to flex military muscle, the full-force return to hard power looks bound for dominance.

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Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — Russia's war in Ukraine rages on, tensions are erupting in the South China Sea and now abortion rights are being stripped away in the U.S.: Looking around the world, we have to ask: what is left of the notion of soft power?

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How can we talk about the power to convince when the power to coerce is increasingly the norm? And when there is such a gap between rhetoric and reality in the U.S. and in Russia and China, hard power almost seems to have become part of soft power?

“We will lead the world not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example,” Joe Biden said the day after his election. But what kind of example was he talking about? That of the Supreme Court’s judges, whose decision promises a terrible future to women and to all those who still wanted to believe in an enlightened and liberal America?

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