Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny comments on how Trump’s victory in the United States presidential election will affect US-Russian relations
Following the US presidential election, Alexei Navalny posted a video message to express his opinion on how Trump’s victory will influence Russia, including oil prices, sanctions, arms race and different political views with Putin.
One of the most inconceivable things I see in Russian discourse about the US election is why Putin’s media and his officials are so confident about the president-elect Trump being a gift for them. Personally, I don’t think so. And this is the topic of my new video.
Alexei Navalny, 40, a Russian lawyer and political activist, is best known for speaking out against the Kremlin. He started as an anti-corruption investigator in 2008, after buying shares in Gazprom, Rosneft and other oil companies to find loopholes in their auditing and reports on improper usage of the state’s budget.
In 2010, Navalny launched the RosPil project (‘Ros’ stands for Rossiya, ‘Pil’ stands for the Russian word ‘pilit’ – to saw into, taking shares), aimed at disclosing corrupt practices in the state expenditures. His biting criticism of Putin’s regime manifested in 2011, when Navalny publicly dubbed United Russia, the country’s ruling party, the “party of crooks and thieves”. The label stuck and made Alexei an unofficial leader of Russian opposition.
Despite numerous arrests by Russian authorities, Navalny succeeded in political demonstrations and even campaigned for the Moscow mayoral elections, in which he came in second with 27% of the vote. As a strong opponent of Vladimir Putin and United Russia party, Navalny has been blacklisted on every federal TV channel and official print media in Russia. He has been reaching out to his followers via his blog on LiveJournal, Twitter and other social media.