Did 'The Daily Show' Really Just Catch Putin's Spies in Action?

An interview with a key critic of the Kremlin goes a little haywire, thanks to a wired room.
Feb 25, 2014· 0 MIN READ
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is TakePart's News Editor.

The Daily Show's interview with Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny got off to a rocky start.

The blogger and Kremlin critic's conversation with the comedy show was delayed by a few hours because his weekly questioning by state monitors went long.

When the segment finally got under way, the show's Jason Jones asked Navalny why he does it. Navalny began to respond, "If you look at Putin and all his—"

And then the mics went dead.

Navalny said the bugs in his office were likely to blame—he's found mics and cameras hidden on the premises before.

As Jones said, "When you criticize Putin, someone is listening."

And that "someone" may not be happy with what you have to say.

On Tuesday, Navalny was sentenced to a week in prison for participating in an antigovernment protest, a seemingly minor punishment that opens the door to worse sentences down the line.