On Thursday afternoon, Russian resistance fighter Alexei Navalny was on a trip from Siberia to Moscow if he suddenly fell sick. Following an emergency landing, Navalny is currently in a coma at a hospital hooked onto a ventilator. All that, his fans say, is probably the consequence of an attempt to poison him.
This is not the first time he has supposedly been poisoned. On July 28, 2019, Navalny was rushed to hospital where he had been serving a sentence together with what seemed to have been a second toxin attack.
However, what could make Navalny this enticing target?
By Galeotti, Navalny is now”a catalyst for Russians’ discontent.” Regardless of who you’re in Russia, each Russian will have had encounters with corruption – a problem Navalny has proven to eliminate for nearly 20 decades. It’s an”Achilles heels of the Kremlin,” Galeotti notes, making him quite dangerous.
“Meaning he is in certain ways the most recognizable non-government, non-official resistance figure from the nation at large.”
By Galeotti, Navalny has up to now managed to walk this fine line between enabled protest and resistance and moving too far. But, taking into consideration the anti-government protests from Belarus and other protests from the Russian far-East, in Khabarovsk, “perhaps in certain ways, the line moved and he did not,” Galeotti states.
In case Navalny was to be sidelined, there’s no one really to substitute himGaleotti points outside. “There is an entire generation of younger Russian activists that is about to proceed forward. The issue is there isn’t anyone that has the same sort of national prestige”
“You have a great deal of strong regional figures, but nobody actually who’d bring all of them together. Someone may emerge but in the present time there’s no heir apparent.”