An associate of Alexei Navalny says the day Putin is removed from power is the day the Russian opposition leader is free



Apr 24, 2022

A still from Navalny

A still from Navalny, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute

  • Alexei Navalny, an opposition leader to Putin was poisoned in 2020.
  • Navalny was jailed when he returned to Russia last year.
  • One of his close associates told CNN he’d be released from jail when Putin is no longer in office.

An associate of Alexei Navalny, an opposition leader to Russian president Vladimir Putin told CNN that Navalny’s release from prison will come when Putin is removed from power. 

Last month, Navalny who was already in jail was found guilty of charges of fraud and contempt of court and was moved to a maximum-security facility to serve a 13-year sentence. 

In an interview with CNN, Maria Pevchikh, the head of the investigative department for Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation said the sentence is arbitrary. 

“I think that those numbers mean nothing. He can be sentenced to nine years to 99 years to 900 years. It is virtually meaningless,” Pevchikh said.

Her comments come ahead of the premiere of the CNN film “Navalny.” 

In 2020, Navalny was poisoned with Novichok in Siberia. After receiving medical treatment in Germany, he went back to Russia in 2021 where he was arrested and detained for missing probation meetings. 

The Kremlin has accused Navalny of embezzling money raised by his foundation. He was also accused of insulting a judge in a previous trial but he and his allies have alleged that the charges were politically motivated to crush dissent in Russia. 

“Navalny’s case is purely political. Vladimir Putin decided to throw him into jail indefinitely,” Pevchikh said. “So as many people say, Navalny’s sentence is essentially a life sentence. The question is whose life it will be?”

She added: “I’m pretty sure that Navalny is going to stay in prison probably until Putin leaves the office, until Putin is removed from power. Our mission is to make sure that this day comes as quickly as possible and Alexey is out of prison as soon as possible.”

One comment

  1. A reminder also of another “prisoner of Putin” as he puts it: Mikhail Saakashvili, who has aged ten years and his hair has gone white.
    Lisa Yasko said on her FB page:

    “Mikheil Saakashvili, a citizen of Ukraine and chairman of the executive committee of the National Reform Council under the President of Ukraine, is in critical condition and needs immediate treatment abroad.

    This was confirmed by Otar Toidze, a doctor at an alternative medical council set up under the People’s Defender of Georgia.

    Procrastination with the treatment of Michael can lead to his disability, and later even fatal consequences.

    Georgia’s Public Defender Nino Lomjaria called on the country’s authorities to fulfill their obligations and provide the patient with the necessary treatment, in accordance with the recommendations of the Alternative Medical Council.

    I have repeatedly stressed the need to continue Michael’s treatment in a multidisciplinary civilian clinic or abroad.

    I call on the Georgian authorities to provide Saakashvili with adequate medical care and to comply with international law. In particular, Article 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, according to which no one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

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