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Alexei Anatolievich Navalny is a well-known opposition politician, lawyer, and activist against corruption in Russia. He plays a pivotal role in the nation’s anti-corruption movement because of his unwavering commitment to justice.
Alexei Navalny was born on June 4, 1976. Navalny studied law in 1998 after completing his studies at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in Moscow. Seizing the opportunity to remain in Moscow, he pursued his academic goals and started a legal profession. Through the Financial University run by the Russian Federation’s government, Navalny graduated with honors in economics in 2001.
The groundwork for Navalny’s activism was established by his legal studies. He originally gained recognition as a political campaigner and organizer of anti-government demonstrations by advocating for measures to combat corruption in Russia, with a particular focus on President Vladimir Putin and his administration. The Russia of the Future party and the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) were founded as a result of his work.
In his capacity as a delegate of the Russian Opposition Coordination Council, Navalny escalated his disapproval of United Russia, the ruling party, memorably referring to it as a “party of crooks and thieves” in a radio interview that became widely circulated throughout Russia. Under his direction, the FBK brought corruption to light by concentrating investigations on high-ranking officials and fostering awareness and conversation.
The actions of Navalny ran against political and legal obstacles. Embezzlement resulted in a suspended sentence for Navalny in July 2013, but he continued and ran for mayor of Moscow, receiving a notable 27% of the vote. However, in December 2014, following additional legal procedures, he was granted another suspended sentence, which precluded him from ever again seeking public office.
Subsequently, it was decided by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that Navalny’s criminal proceedings were politically motivated and so breached his right to a fair trial. His 2016 presidential campaign was thwarted when the Central Election Commission of Russia declared him ineligible due to a prior criminal conviction. Navalny’s persistence led to the introduction of Smart Voting, a planned strategy designed to pool opposition votes.
In August 2020, Navalny was subjected to a dosage of Novichok nerve poison that may have been lethal, putting his life in jeopardy. After being admitted to the hospital and being flown to Berlin for medical treatment, he fully recovered and accused Putin of planning the attack. When Navalny returned to Russia in January 2021, he was immediately arrested on parole violation allegations.
In August 2023, Navalny was sentenced to a further 19 years in prison due to claims of extremism. December 2038 was the planned release date. His examination of the sentence’s length, drawing comparisons between it with the political systems or his lifespan, highlighted the ongoing struggle against regimes of repression.
Navalny vanished from his jail in December 2023, and his team hasn’t heard from him since December 5. Concerns have been raised over his safety and well-being because the circumstances surrounding his abduction coincide with the start of the Russian presidential election season in 2024.
Alexei Navalny Instagram
Alexei Navalny is active on Instagram with the name navalny. He has followers of about 2.9M.