Is Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on the Kremlin’s poison kill list? | ITV News
The poisoning of Navalny, the Nobel Peace Prize and the Kremlin’s tactics
Experts – on the nomination of the Russian oppositionist for the nominees for the prestigious award&# 160;
In the case of the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Moscow is again actively spreading disinformation through targeted campaigns, according to the article “Fifty Ways to Kill Navalny,” published by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. The article also points out that an important part of the Kremlin’s policy is that it not only categorically denies any involvement in the poisoning, but also deliberately confuses the minds of people, throwing different versions up to the most fantastic.
As if in confirmation of this strategy, State Duma Speaker Viacheslav Volodin said on Friday that the Bundestag should clarify “the role of the German special services” in the story of the resonant poisoning. At the same time, he appealed to such matters as “democracy, international law and law.” Earlier, Volodin argued that the attempt on Navalny was a provocation organized by the special services of foreign states, and he linked it with the events in Belarus after summing up the results of the presidential elections..
President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov spoke in unison with him on Friday, saying that there is “too much absurdity in this story,” so the Kremlin is not going to take anyone’s word for it..
Let us recall that the investigation of the crime in Russia has not begun, despite the loud calls of the leaders of Western countries to immediately do so..
The day before, the European Parliament approved a resolution calling for an international investigation into the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. The resolution also expresses deep concern over the use of chemical weapons against Russian citizens. Earlier, twice, in 2015 and 2017, with a diagnosis of poisoning, the oppositionist Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr. was hospitalized, the same fate befell activist Pyotr Verzilov. Everyone remembers the attempt on the Skripals in Salisbury.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has repeatedly called on Russia to conduct a “full and comprehensive” investigation into the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader and allow the international community to take part in it..
Meanwhile, Alexei Navalny was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize the day before. This news sparked heated discussions in Russia..
“Navalny has now really become a figure of global significance”
Political scientist Dmitry Oreshkin in a commentary for the Russian service of the Voice of America, he said that the idea of nominating Navalny for the Nobel Peace Prize is interesting, but, from his point of view, not very promising. At the same time, he noted, “… it is also important to note that Navalny has now truly become a figure of global significance. – The clever guys (from the Kremlin) have played to the point that he used to be a blogger, as they called him, and now he has turned into a player of Putin’s scale. In general, they, trying to belittle the importance of Navalny, have achieved the exact opposite “.
The political scientist also thinks that Navalny’s nomination as a Nobel Prize winner already characterizes the situation quite well. At the same time, in his opinion, Navalny’s life “in the near future” is relatively safe. “There are probably comrades in the depths of the special services who would like to correct the shortcomings and finish the job a second time,” he suggested. – But, if a misfortune happens to Navalny, this will mean Putin’s nomination for the Beelzebub Prize. So, I think, from the very top, there will be a command to leave Navalny alone for about a year, and then anything can happen. Now, if something bad happens to the opposition, it will simply be a pointing finger personally at Vladimir Putin. “.
At the same time, Dmitry Oreshkin believes that Putin is already so weakly controlling his security officials that they can act even contrary to his interests: “Their corporate honor is now violated, and they may try to retaliate. In this sense, it is possible that someone will decide to take responsibility in order to show that the “office” does not forgive its enemies. But, for the top leadership (of the country) it will be rather a minus than a plus “.
The fact that the Kremlin, willingly or unwillingly, makes its political opponents figures of international importance, speaks of their inadequate assessment of the situation, the political scientist summed up.
“This would give him solid security guarantees.”
Head of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program, Carnegie Moscow Center Andrey Kolesnikov I am sure that Alexei Navalny deserves an international award in any case, taking into account his activities and the resonance that his poisoning received. However, the political scientist did not begin to assess the chances of Navalny getting the Nobel Peace Prize..
“Although I would like to note that if it is nevertheless awarded to the opposition leader, this would allow him to receive solid security guarantees, which today does not look superfluous,” he stated in a commentary to the Russian service of the Voice of America.
Andrei Kolesnikov also agrees that the Kremlin knows how, unwillingly, to make their opponents much more significant persons than they were before..
“There are many examples of this, starting with Pussy Riot. It is unlikely that the Kremlin is doing this deliberately, since such tactics can hardly be called clever. One thing is obvious here: all their actions are dictated by the desire to retain power at all costs, everything else is a cost, “concluded the head of the Russian Domestic Policy and Political Institutions program at the Carnegie Moscow Center..
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