I am convinced that the return of Alexei Navalny is a glove that he throws at Vladimir Putin – said political scientist and historian professor Antoni Dudek in “Facts po Faktach” on TVN24. – He tells Putin: “I am not afraid of you.” This is proof of courage, but also of extraordinary optimism – he added. Krystyna Kurczab-Redlich, a long-time correspondent in Russia, assessed that “only great optimists hoped that Putin would not reveal his aggression towards Navalny in front of the whole world”. – Navalny came back because he is an extremely brave man – she emphasized.
On Sunday, Alexei Navalny returned to Moscow from Berlin, where he had been treated since last August, after he lost consciousness and fell into a coma on a plane flying from Tomsk to the Russian capital. The German authorities recognized that an attempt was made to poison him with a highly toxic drug such as novichok, developed back in the USSR. The opposition activist believes that the Russian authorities, including President Vladimir Putin, are behind the attempt to poison him. After landing in Moscow – at Sheremetyevo airport, as Vnukovo was closed by the decision of the authorities – Navalny talked for a while with journalists, then went to passport control. There he was detained. The Russian Federal Prison Service (FSIN) announced that the opposition activist will remain in custody until the court decides to determine the so-called preventive measure.
Krystyna Kurczab-Redlich, a correspondent for many years in Russia, and professor Antoni Dudek, a political scientist and historian, commented on the news on the fate of Navalny in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24.
“Only great optimists hoped that Putin would not reveal his aggression towards Navalny.”
– Only great optimists hoped that Putin would get scared, he would not want to reveal his aggression towards Navalny in front of the whole world – said Krystyna Kurczab-Redlich on TVN24. – There is no doubt that at the moment Navalny is the second largest surname in terms of Russia, and that the eyes of the world are focused today on the airport, first at Vnukovo, now Sheremetyevo in Moscow.
She admitted that “there was no hope that the detention at the airport would not take place.”
– He’s got a lot of charges. The accusation that most appeals to people is, of course, the accusation of the theft of public money that was transferred to him to several foundations he runs (…) Besides, he did not pay taxes and launder money in the amount of 75 million rubles. And the old case was renewed, where he was already acquitted, the case with a French company, which he was also supposed to rob for some incredible money – she mentioned.
“There is no way that the court will acquit him”
According to the journalist, Navalny “reckoned with the fact that he would be detained.” – He is facing many years of a penal colony (…). If things now go as the president of Russia wants, then Navalny may be sentenced to many years, at least 10 years in a penal colony – she said, she said, “there is no way that the court will acquit him or reduce such a sentence, as the president will demand. “
When asked why he decided to come back, she replied that “he came back because he is an extremely brave man”. – With his YouTube videos, he proved very thoroughly the terrible scams of the highest Russian authorities. Point by point it showed their palaces, magnificent estates. In this way, he built his credibility among people, especially among young people – she emphasized.
“Navalny’s return is an obvious gauntlet throwing Putin”
“I am convinced that Navalny believes that he is stronger and stronger, and that his return is an obvious glove that he throws at Putin,” assessed Professor Antoni Dudek.
– In fact, he tells Putin: “I am not afraid of you.” This is a proof of courage, but also of extraordinary optimism, because I have no doubt that he will now go to the penal colony for many years. But I’m simply afraid for his life, because Putin actually ordered him to be murdered once, he noted.
– Navalny did something that will go down in the history of the world, because many oppositionists were victims of successful or unsuccessful attacks, but for the first time in history, a man who escaped from under the bomber’s knife, in this case from poison, managed to show who exactly was trying to murder him, prove that they were people from the Russian special services. This is a huge cheek to Putin, concluded Dudek.
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