Alexei Navalny has become the personal enemy of the Russian security services

Alexei Navalny has become the personal enemy of the Russian security services

While Vladimir Putin has delegated the FSB to manage adversaries like Navalny, power is paralyzed in the face of the resentment of a growing segment of the population, decoding political scientist Tatiana Stanovaia in an interview with "The World."

Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny has become the personal enemy of the Russian security services


Tatiana Stanovaia was born in 1978, graduated from Moscow State University and worked for several Russian companies before focusing on her academic work. In 2018, she founded her own research center, R. Politik, an independent research center specializing in monitoring Russian elites. It also cooperates with the Carnegie Center in Moscow.


After Alexei Navalny was sentenced to prison on February 2, did the Kremlin end the "Navalny problem"?

What is happening in Russia (the protest movement, its suppression) is not only related to the Navalny Factor. For many ordinary Russians, Alexei Navalny remains a controversial figure - 56% disapprove of his behavior, and this attitude has not changed much since he was poisoned [in August 2020] and imprisoned. The reasons behind the erosion of support for Vladimir Putin are broader: six consecutive years of low incomes, deteriorating social conditions, but also, as of 2016, the end of the euphoria associated with the annexation of Crimea [in 2014]


It is estimated that about a third of Russians today feel opposed to power. No longer a marginal share. Regardless of what the Kremlin does with Navalny and the Anti-Corruption Fund, this discontent will not go away. Especially with the development of Russian power as well: its authority depends less on its popular legitimacy and power on conviction, and more on tyranny and repressive attitude.


Moreover, the systematic destruction of all the opposition puts Navalny and his allies in a contradictory position on the Russian political scene: he is the only anti-Putin force. Navalny's prison tactically weakens the move, but it creates a greater challenge to power.


Why did the power go from the strategy of making Alexei Navalny as unclear as possible, to poisoning him and going to prison?

To understand this, we must analyze what has happened at the head of state in recent years, including the gradual eraser of Vladimir Putin in the daily administration of the state: after the annexation of Crimea, he formed a more fun presidency, away from boring questions related to taxes, finances, to focus on his true emotions, geopolitics, history, weapons, space ...


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