Macedonian police escorts injured members of the parliament including Social Democratic leader Zoran Zaev near the parliament in Skopje, April 2017. 
Ognen Teofilovski / REUTERS

A contentious election in 2016 lays bare a country’s raw divisions. Sharp polarization brings protesters onto the street. A formal investigation looms over the most powerful figure in the nation, who acts to thwart the process. Rather than stand up against this blatant violation of principle, U.S. Republicans either shrug their shoulders or provide indirect support for the now-embattled leader. Moscow watches the situation with glee while attempting to sow doubt about the country’s institutions—indeed, about the very concept of democracy.

Although the parallels are striking, the above description does not refer to the United States but

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