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Alexei Navalny

  • Russian activist
  • Born 1976

Alexei Anatolievich Navalny (Russian: Алексе́й Анато́льевич Нава́льный, Russian pronunciation: [ɐlʲɪkˈsʲej ɐnɐˈtolʲjɪvʲɪtɕ nɐˈvalʲnɨj]; born 4 June 1976) is a Russian lawyer and political activist. A regular participant in Russian March, since 2009, he has gained prominence in Russia, and in the Russian and international media, as a critic of corruption and of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has organized demonstrations promoting reform and attacking political corruption, Putin and Putin's political allies; he has run for a political office on the same platform.


We've grown accustomed to injustice in Russia. People are constantly being arrested unlawfully.




The party of swindlers and thieves is putting forward its chief swindler and its chief thief for the presidency. We must vote against him, struggle against him.




I think very poorly of United Russia. United Russia is the party of corruption, the party of crooks and thieves. And it is the duty of every patriot and citizen of our country to make sure that this party is destroyed.




Consistency for me is everything.




Everyone says corruption is everywhere, but for me it seems strange to say that and then not try to put the people guilty of that corruption away.




I'm not going to appeal to violence or aggression - of course not.




People aren't really afraid of my views. They are just afraid of the word 'nationalism.'




I've always seen my campaigns against corruption as political work of a purer form than what opposition leaders usually do. All they do is hold roundtables and release political statements, which is all well and good. But there are concrete things that need to get done in order to achieve the basic goal of every opposition politician.




I'm not afraid and these 15 days convinced me there is nothing to fear. Let them be afraid instead.




I really hate the people in power. I hate them with every fiber of my being. That is what drives me in almost everything I do.




I've been reading this little book. It's called the Russian constitution. And it says that the only source of power in Russia is the people. So I don't want to hear those who say we're appealing to the authorities. Who's the power here?




I'm on the very blackest part of the black list.




When men are arrested without any legal basis and for political reasons, it's merely a routine, everyday occurrence in Russia, and hardly anyone has any sympathy.




I am not ready to back away from my views.




I think very poorly of United Russia. United Russia is the party of corruption, the party of crooks and thieves.




The questioning is a stupid formality aimed exclusively at preventing us from speaking at the demonstration.




Everyone needs to understand that my work addresses existing problems, and one of the crucial problems in Russia today is corruption.




Politics is traditionally a male domain in Russia. Until now, women have only been accessories. Now, female protest groups are emerging - not because men came up with the idea, but through their own efforts. That's something new for Russia.




Nobody wants a political prisoner, but a political emigrant is no problem.




Without any doubt, I am striving for power.




We need a real tent city in the heart of Moscow.




When we get a chance to take part in elections, I am ready to fight for leading positions, including in the presidential vote.




Putin and his advisers don't understand the power of public opinion in the West. They believe in conspiracy theories and that someone is orchestrating a malicious campaign against Russia. They don't realize that even conservative politicians have to react when newspapers and artists express their concern on such an issue.




People don't believe in positive changes anymore.




People hate politicians. And I can understand why.




I'm only sort of a politician.



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