Navalni, the Kremlin’s ‘number one’ public enemy, returns to Russia

The Russian opposition leader, Alexéi Navalni, has already returned to Russia from Germany, where he was recovering from the poisoning he suffered last August on the orders of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, according to complaint. Navalni decided to return to his country despite the risk of being arrested upon arrival in Russia. An arrest that has finally occurred at the passport control of Moscow Sheremetyevo airport, according to live images transmitted by various digital media and his spokesperson confirmed.

From blogger to anti-corruption lawyer, from organizer of the biggest protests since the fall of the USSR to would-be Kremlin, the opposition leader in ten years of political activity he has earned the vitola of public enemy number one of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. In August 2020, the authorities said enough and decided to eliminate the Russian politician with the greatest pull in the West. The secret operation of the special services went completely wrong and Navalni now returns to Russia like a phoenix to challenge the Russian leader.

“Putin ordered my assassination”Navalni, 44, said after recovering in Germany from poisoning with a toxic agent from the Novichok family.

Novichok and international celebrity

Naval he was the opponent with the most electoral hook, but after being the victim of an assassination attempt at the hands of the Federal Security Service (FSB, former KGB) has become a celebrity abroad. Until then, that honor, poisoning with toxic agents, had been reserved almost exclusively for former FSB spies who had outwitted the enemy, such as Skripal or Litvinenko.

As the days passed and Navalni recovered from the assassination attempt, his political stature kept increasing. German Chancellor Angela Merkel did not hesitate to visit him at the La Charité clinic in Berlin. “I will return to Russia, which is my country, where I have great support,” Navalni assured, without apparent fear of another attack or imprisonment.

The King of YouTube

Navalni, an expert in the use of social networks, He was already preparing his revenge, which came in the form of two compromising videos for the Kremlin. With the help of Bellingcat and various Western media, Navalni managed to collect data that proves, he says, the involvement of the FSB in his assassination attempt. It did not limit itself to this, but included a telephone conversation with one of the alleged participants in the secret operation who admitted that his accomplices had sprayed Novichok on the opponent’s underwear.

All of this not only exposed the FSB and Putin, but also were viewed by more than 44 million people, a figure that contrasts with the seven million that followed the president’s annual press conference on those same dates.

“It involves many risks, but if you want to fulfill your main mission in life, you had to go back”

Return to the fight

Then the authorities launched a campaign to prevent his return to Russia, which includes two criminal cases, one for not appearing before the authority for an old criminal case and another for alleged fraud. He did not flinch. Navalni announced a few days ago his return to his country, since, in his words, he “misses” him. “It is a brave decision that deserves all the respect. It involves many risks, but if you want to fulfill your main mission in life, you had to go back“, the opposition Guennadi Gudkov, exiled in Bulgaria, commented to Efe.

He has several goals ahead. Bring those who tried to assassinate him to court and the September legislative elections, in which he will continue his crusade against “the party of thieves and scoundrels”, as the Kremlin party, United Russia, is often referred to. “If he had stayed abroad, he would have been totally deprived of a political career,” said Sergei Mitrojin, leader of the liberal Yabloko party.

Russia without Putin

It all started in Yábloko, from where Navalni was expelled for his nationalist ideas. But his ostracism would not last long, since in the 2011 parliamentary elections he managed to organize the largest anti-government protests since the fall of the USSR to the battle cry “Russia without Putin”.

The following year he made the great leap into politics by present his candidacy for the elections to the Mayor of Moscow, where he obtained almost a third of the votes, an unprecedented milestone for the extra-parliamentary opposition. Putin’s animosity, who never calls him by name, stems from the numerous occasions on which the opponent has brought to light the shame of Kremlin allies, whom he denounces with his accusing finger on social networks far out of reach of the Kremlin’s censorship.

To the Kremlin whip there are no taboos when it comes to reporting corruption in public administration. Be the Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev; the president of Parliament or a state bank, the attorney general or the wife of the presidential spokesperson. Navalni was no longer just a nuisance, but a threat. Since then, he has been sentenced to jail terms for alleged economic crimes, which disqualified him as a Kremlin candidate, and has been attacked on several occasions, the last of which nearly cost him his life. That hasn’t stopped it from becoming the beacon of the so-called first free generation in Russian history.

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