Navalny

Pavel Baev 20 Jan 2021
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The decision of Russian democratic opposition leader Alexei Navalny to return to Moscow was announced on January 13 in a deliberately matter-of-fact way—and produced a full-blown political storm. His message on Instagram was as plain as it gets: “The air-ticket for Sunday is just purchased, come meet me” (Moscow Echo, January 13). What turned this long-promised step...
PONARS Eurasia 19 Jan 2021
(Deutsche Welle) An arrest warrant instead of flowers. With barely enough time to leave the plane, Alexei Navalny was taken into police custody. It was a cold reception for one of the country's own citizens even by Russian standards; a citizen who almost lost his life the last time he was on Russian soil. [...] For the independent political scientist Kirill Rogov, Navalny's return...
PONARS Eurasia 15 Jan 2021
(RFE/RL) When Vladimir Lenin stepped off a train at St. Petersburg's Finland Station in April 1917, he set in motion events that would transform Russia and ultimately divide the world into opposing camps. Winston Churchill would later compare the first Soviet leader to a "plague bacillus" -- a parasite that enters an organism at the very moment it can do most harm. "The signs in Russia are...
PONARS Eurasia 21 Dec 2020
(RFE/RL) As he does, Russian President Vladimir Putin turned to a Soviet-era pop culture reference to get his message across at one point in his 4 1/2-hour annual press conference on December 17, when responding to the only reporter from a Western country that is not Iceland who got to ask a question. [...] His remarks on the dead-serious matter of Navalny’s poisoning with a...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Oct 2020
(Washington Post) MOSCOW — Vladlen Los sat in a chair outside Room 239 of the Xander Hotel. It was midmorning on Aug. 20 in the Siberian city of Tomsk. The lawyer Los was determined that no one get inside the room that his colleague, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, had left hours before. All that was known at that point was that Navalny was gravely ill — stricken on a plane...
PONARS Eurasia 02 Oct 2020
(Haaretz) The producer of a documentary on Putin's critic who was poisoned in August explains why he found Navalny as great a mystery as the Russian president himself - and how he dealt with the film's director being brutally murdered. In March 2017, tens of thousands of demonstrators attended rallies and went on marches in cities across Russia. They were protesting government corruption in...
PONARS Eurasia 11 Sep 2020
(Foreign Policy) In the three weeks since Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny fell violently ill on a flight to Moscow, any pretense that this was anything other than a state-sponsored assassination attempt has worn increasingly thin. After Navalny was airlifted from the Siberian city of Omsk to Berlin for treatment, German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week announced that he had been...
Graeme Robertson 10 Sep 2020
(Monkey Cage) On Sunday, Russia will hold regional elections. Voters will cast ballots in some 9,000 races in 83 regions, with everything from elections to fill national legislature vacancies to elections for regional governors and municipal councils. According to the respected Russian election monitoring group Golos, these elections are likely to be a sham. Even the Communists, a...

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