Alexei Navalny, freed on July 19, is a Russian activist who led anti-Putin protests in 2011 and 2012 and was sentenced to five years in prison for an embezzlement outside experts said never happened. Is Alexei Navalny the “Russian Mandela,” as one analyst described him to the BBC? To what extent is Navalny’s imprisonment and conviction as big of a deal in Russia as it has been in the news worldwide? What does Navalny’s release as a result of popular protests mean for Putin’s Russia? REEEC Associate Director Alisha Kirchoff discussed these questions on HuffPost Live with Natalia Antonova, Acting Editor-in-Chief at The Moscow News, and Julia Ioffe, Senior Editor at The New Republic, on the day of Navalny’s release. To watch the live broadcast, click on the video.