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Who is Alexei Navalny?


The leader of the Russian opposition can congratulate himself for having inflicted a serious setback on the Kremlin on September 8 during the election of the Moscow municipal assembly. In retaliation, massive searches against his teams took place on the 12th.

Russian opponent Alexei Navalny on his release from prison after 30 days in detention on 23 August 2019 in Moscow. Dmitry Serebryakov / AP / SIPA

End strategist

On September 8, the electoral strategy defined by the leader of the Russian opposition hit the mark. That day, the candidates of the liberal opposition were banned from standing for election to the Parliament of the city of Moscow, despite major protests during the summer. Instead of calling for a boycott, as he usually does, Navalny, 43, urged his supporters to vote for the candidate best placed to beat the Kremlin representative. Result of this "smart vote": the power lost in 19 of the 45 constituencies of the capital.

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Anti-Corruption Knight

Lawyer long close to the nationalist circles, Navalny moves in the 2000s on the economic ground. On his blog, he denounces - investigated investigations in support - the corruption of elites, especially the entourage of Vladimir Putin. The subject is still the heart of its business, and its Anti-Corruption Fund regularly publishes videos, which combine millions of views, denouncing the secret deals and the luxurious lifestyle of politicians and civil servants.

Opponent number one

The blogger is revealed to the general public during the major events of 2011-2012 against legislative fraud. This excellent speaker raises the crowds by renaming United Russia, the party of Vladimir Putin, "party of thieves and crooks" . A year later, he went to the Moscow City Hall and received 27% of the votes. This is the last time he can run for a vote. The assassination of Boris Nemtsov in 2015 makes him the number one leader of the liberal opposition.

Public enemy

Anxious to silence him, the Russian justice repeatedly accuses him of embezzlement or fraud. Thursday, September 12, the police carried out a large-scale operation against its collaborators: nearly 200 searches took place in at least 41 cities where its teams work.

In 2014, his brother Oleg was sentenced, after a complaint by the French company Yves Rocher, and spent three and a half years in prison. Authorities have changed tactics in recent years, merely sending Navalny to prison for short sentences (between 10 and 30 days). During his last detention this summer, Navalny accused him of having poisoned him after the unexplained abscess appeared on his body.

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BenoƮt Vitkine (Moscow, Correspondent)

Source: lemonde

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