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A smaller group of campers said they had come to Seliger determined to engage in political debate.

Alexander Trafimov, a graduate student in experimental medicine and an opposition activist, was at Seliger for the first time to discuss his views with other politically active young people.

“Navalny said he’s not going to play by the rules of the crooks and thieves, but I think dialogue is necessary,” said the 25-year-old. “There’s not a lot of us here with white ribbons, but we’re here and we’re talking.”