Even in jail, Russia’s Navalny knows how to enrage his rival Putin. This time it’s with a viral video.
Navalny, 44, is seen by the Kremlin and securocrats as an enemy of the state, according to political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya of the R. Politik analytical firm. Bringing down Navalny is now seen as “a matter of honor” by the FSB, she said.
“They want to see Navalny destroyed in prison, physically and mentally weak and vulnerable,” she said. “They don’t care about protests or elections. They would like to see the West increase sanctions because it gives them more arguments to insist on this harsh line in Russian policy.”