Alexey Navalny’s very strange form of freedom


The strangest thing about Alexey Navalny is that he is walking around Moscow, still, Masha Gessen writes for The New Yorker:

Here is what has happened to the other men who headlined the Russian protests in 2011 and 2012: Boris Nemtsov, the liberal, is dead, shot in view of the Kremlin in February of last year; Sergei Udaltsov, the radical leftist, is in jail, serving a four-and-a-half-year sentence for allegedly plotting to overthrow the Russian government; Garry Kasparov, the chess champion who became a politician, is in exile, as are many others. Meanwhile, Navalny is living in Moscow and openly running several political projects, the largest of which, the Anti-Corruption Foundation, has just released its biggest and most revealing investigation yet.

In early December, Navalny’s group released its latest investigation, as both an article and a forty-three-minute film [above], Gessen notes:

The story begins with the opening of a super-luxury hotel in Greece, attended by a large number of extremely wealthy Russians, and follows the ownership trail. In the end it appears to show that the hotel, along with billions of dollars’ worth of other assets in Switzerland, Russia, and other countries, is owned by the son of Yuri Chaika, the Russian prosecutor general, often in collaboration with the prosecutor’s other family members, his colleagues, and their family members, and that all of these people have long been in business with one of Russia’s most notorious and most violent organized-crime families.


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