Alexei Navalny

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Alexei Navalny

Alexei Anatolievich Navalny (born 4 June 1976) is a Russian lawyer, politician, and activist. He is a known critic of President Vladimir Putin.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Navalny was born in Butyn to a Ukrainian father and Russian mother. In 1993 he started his law degree at Peoples’ Friendship University, in Moscow. In 1998 he graduated.[2] In 2000, Navalny joined the Russian United Democratic Party, "Yabloko".

Career[change | change source]

He became known through his LiveJournal blog. In 2012, The Wall Street Journal described him as "the man Vladimir Putin fears most."[3] In September 2013 Navalny came second in the Moscow mayoral election. Navalny is a Russian Opposition Coordination Council member. He is a Yale World Fellow. 60 minutes called Navalny ‘’the man trying to beat Putin’ in a program aired in December 2017.[4]

He was a candidate for President of Russia in the 2018 election. He ran against President Vladimir Putin.

Personal life[change | change source]

Navalny lives in Moscow with his wife and two children.[5]

2020 poisoning and arrest[change | change source]

On 20 August 2020, Navalny was poisoned during a flight from Tomsk, Siberia to Moscow and was hospitalized in Omsk. He was soon in a coma, on a ventilator.[6][7][8] On 7 September 2020, he woke up from the coma,[9] and on 14 September, he was taken off the ventilator. He was released on 22 September.[10]

On 17 January 2021, he went back to Russia, where he was arrested for going against terms of a suspended jail sentence.[11]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Who is Alexei Navalny: Tech-savvy anti-corruption fighter and thorn in Putin's side". Sky News. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  2. Ioffe, Julia. "Net Impact". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  3. Kaminski, Matthew (2012-03-03). "The Man Vladimir Putin Fears Most". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Archived from the original on 2015-01-02. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  4. "The man trying to beat Putin".
  5. "Alexei Navalny: Russia's vociferous Putin critic". 15 March 2018 – via
  6. DeMarche, Edmund (20 August 2020). "Alexei Navalny, a top Putin foe, allegedly poisoned: reports". Fox News. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  7. "Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in intensive care after airport tea 'poisoning'". Telegraph Media Group Limited. 20 August 2020.
  8. "Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny 'poisoned'". BBC News. 20 August 2020.
  9. "Russia's Navalny out of coma after poisoning". BBC News. 2020-09-07. Retrieved 2020-09-07.
  10. "Navalny Taken Off Ventilator as Novichok Recovery Continues – German Hospital". The Moscow Times. 14 September 2020.
  11. "Russia Navalny: Poisoned opposition leader held after flying home". BBC News. 2021-01-17. Retrieved 2021-01-17.