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Boris Efimovich Nemtsov

Boris Efimovich NemtsovNemtsov

PORTRAITS
Alexei Anatolievich Navalny
 

Navalny

  • Russian opposition member and blogger
  • Degree in law
  • Place of birth: Butyn
  • Date of birth: June 04, 1976

He is Russia’s best known blogger. The protests against the election frauds in 2011 have doubtlessly brought Navalny international fame. He was previously a celebrity in Russia primarily among young Russians. Often styled as a figurehead of the protests against Putin and corruption, he simultaneously appears to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. By Stefan Bernhardt

Navalny gained fame in Russia in relation to one topic especially: corruption. This central problem fascinates people. Even Dmitri Medvedev made it a main platform in his 2008 Presidential Election campaign. Navalny repeatedly detected cases of corruption on his blog RosPil.ru. With the protests of 2011, his choice of opponent clarified: Putin and the Kremlin-Party United Russia. Navalny, a persuasive speaker, greatly contributed to the organization of the 2011 protests and declared that he will develop his own political presence. He wants to contend with Putin, but not directly in the 2012 Presidential Election.

His nationalistic invocations and actions, however, do not belay a democratic attitude. This lead to his expulsion from the Yabloko party in 2007. Navalny more strongly resembles a populist who wants to attack the power of the state. To call him a democrat would be a mistake; his nationalistic activities such as the Russian March in 2011 should serve as a warning. A skeptical position towards Navalny is certainly deserved.

Biography

  • 2000 - 2007: Member of the Yabloko party
  • 2004 - 2007: Led the Yabloko party in Moscow
  • 2006 - 2007: Member of Yabloko's Federal Council
  • 2005: Co-sponsored the youth organization DA!
  • 2006: Organized with Maria Gaidar public political debate
  • 2007: Launched the Narod movement under the banner of "democratic nationalism"
  • 2007: Expelled from Yabloko for "damaging the party and nationalistic activities"
  • 2008: Founded the Union of Minority Shareholders and began buying up small numbers of shares in major Russian companies, since he works actively to improve transparency in these and other companies
  • 2009: Adviser to Kirov Governor Nikita Belykh
  • 2010: Launched the anti-corruption website RosPil

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