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In Russia, a simple choice changes lives

Prosecution of Putin opponents sends some on run

MOSCOW — In the end, Suren Gazaryan had little time to make a life-changing decision: Stay home and end up in jail or flee the country.

‘‘The choice is very simple, between freedom and prison,’’ said Gazaryan, an environmentalist from southern Russia. ‘‘For me it was clear.’’ He escaped to Estonia in December, leaving behind his wife, two daughters, and a science career.

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