Alexei Navalny Is The Man That Rattles Putin The Most
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin plans to stay in power as long as he can. The latest revision to the Russian constitution allows him to stay in office for at least another 12 years. It’s not unusual for Putin’s political opposition to wind up in the hospital, or dead if they oppose him publically.
In 2004, Journalist Anna Politkovskaya wrote about the Chechnya atrocities, and she became ill on an airplane after drinking tea. She survived that poisoning attempt, but in 2006 she was the victim of a shooting outside of her apartment building. Former Intelligence agent, Alexander Litvinenko, drank a poison-filled tea at a hotel in London. A British investigation discovered Putin was behind his murder, according to the Washington Post.
In 2018, Sergei Skripal, as well as daughter Yulia, were victims of a poisoning by Russian agents. And Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the Russian group, Pussy Riot, also fell ill after dressing as a police officer at a World Cup soccer final. Pyotr got a dose of poison weeks after he and other members of the group pulled that stunt in front of Putin.
The latest Putin critic, Alexei Navalny, is in a German hospital in critical condition after drinking tea on a flight from Siberia to Russia. German doctors think Navalny is also a poison victim. Forty-four-year-old Navalny is unconscious, but stable now. But it may be days before they find out what caused him to lose consciousness during his flight to Russia.
According to Cinema for Peace Foundation leader Jaka Bizilj, Navalny was in stable condition during the flight to Berlin, but his symptoms and his condition worried the group. The group arranged Alexei’s flight to Berlin after Russian state officials tried to keep him Russia.
Navalny Is An Anti-Corruption Activist And Russian Politician
Alexei Navalny is the leader of the Progress Party in Russia and a member of the Russian Opposition Coordination Council. In 2013, he ran for mayor of Moscow, but he came in second. Putin appointee Sergei Sobyanin won that election. Navalny claimed voter fraud was the reason for his loss. The official vote count claimed he only received 27% of the vote, but the unofficial count claims he had enough votes to win that election.
Navalny’s blog, Live Journal, was the catalyst that gave his corruption message credibility in Russia. he switched his message to YouTube and he picked up four million Russians followers. Alexei also has more than 2.2 million Twitter followers. He publishes documents and videos that show Russian state officials use corruptive practices to stay in power on those sites. And in a 2011 radio interview, he called Russia’s ruling party a group of thieves and crooks. That same year, Navalny founded the Anti-Corruption Foundation.
Russian authorities arrested Mr. Navalny seven times. In 2014, Russian authorities placed Alexei under house arrest. Officials ordered him to stop communicating with anyone but family members. In 2018, he went to jail for 30 days for attending an unsanctioned Putin protest rally. He wanted to run for president in 2018, but in 2017 the Russian Central Election Commission barred him from running.
Navalny’s German Hospital Stay Doesn’t Mean He’ll Fully Recover
If Navalny does survive the poison attack, doctors still don’t know if he will fully recover. Russian physician and Putin supporter Alexander Murakhovsky told the press Navalny symptoms are the result of a metabolic disease that develops from low blood sugar. Dr. Murakhovsky also claims industrial chemical residue was on Navalny’s hands and clothing, but he didn’t offer an explanation for that alleged discovery.
Russia’s minister of health claims there were no toxins in Navalny, but there were traces of caffeine and alcohol in his system. According to the head of the Alliance of Doctors, Anastasiya Vasylyeva, Navalny doesn’t drink alcohol. The Alliance of Doctors is a group of Russian physicians who support Navalny’s quest to remove Putin from office.