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Alexei Navalny

Political Activist Alexei Navalny
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Profession: Political Activist

Nationality:
Russia
Russian

Why Famous: One of the main Russian opposition leaders, Navalny is the leader of the Progress Party and has been described as "the man Vladimir Putin fears most."

A frequent critic of what he calls massive corruption around Putin and Putin's allies, Navalny came second in the 2013 Moscow mayoralty election but has been repeatedly banned from running in elections, including the 2018 presidential election. He has been arrested and imprisoned several times.

Navalny termed the phrase "party of crooks and thieves" to describe Putin's political party.

Born: June 4, 1976
Birthplace: Butyn, Russia
Age: 44 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Gemini

Historical Events

  • 2017-03-26 Anti-corruption protests in Russia result in hundreds arrested including opposition leader Alexei Navalny
  • 2017-06-12 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced to 30 days administrative arrest for organizing rallies
  • 2020-08-20 Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny falls into a coma after a suspected poisoning (later confirmed to be Novichok poisoning)
  • 2021-01-31 Widespread protests in Russia against detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the government with 5,000 people arrested

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