Who is the True Navalny?

  • Navalny is receiving treatment in Germany.
  • Former president of Ukraine received treatment for poisoning in the same clinic in 2004.
  • Navalny's father held a high position in the Ministry of Defense.

Alexei Navalny has received attention from the Western leaders. His alleged poisoning by tea in Siberia, and consequent induced coma, made the international headlines.  Currently, he is receiving treatment in Charite Clinic in Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded the alleged poisoning to be investigated by Russia.

Alexei Navalny is a Russian politician and anti-corruption activist. He came to international prominence by organizing demonstrations, and running for office, to advocate reforms against corruption in Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his government. In 2012, The Wall Street Journal described him as “the man Vladimir Putin fears most.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted on Wednesday:

“The poisoning of Alexey Navalny shocked the world. The UK stands in solidarity with him & his family. We need a full, transparent investigation into what happened. The perpetrators must be held accountable & the UK will join international efforts to ensure justice is done.”

Yes, big headlines and promises.

Furthermore, German doctors claim the test results revealed that traces of certain substances have been found. Initially, in the Omsk Clinic, Navalny received emergency treatment. In order to induce a coma, the doctors used phenobarbital class of substances. Hence, they would effect the nervous system. They also stop certain impulses to the brain.

Hence, it is plausible that the traces of substances that were found during German testing could have been from the initial treatment used in the Omsk Hospital. At present, the exact substance found by Charite clinic have not been released. Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko also had been treated in Charite Clinic, due to his poisoning in 2004.

According to Navalny’s Facebook account, and Navalny’s YouTube channel, he positions himself as a leader of the opposition, a fighter for democracy, and for the people. However, many do not know that his father was high up in the Soviet Ministry of Defense. Hence, Navalny grew up as “nomenklatura” class in the Soviet Era.

To define the nomenklatura, it would be a class of people within the Soviet Union and the former Eastern bloc who held various key positions in the communist bureaucracy. His father would be a big communist supporter, and involved in the Cold War with the US.

Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko is a Ukrainian politician who was the third President of Ukraine from 23 January 2005 to 25 February 2010. Following an assassination attempt in late 2004 during his election campaign, Yushchenko was confirmed to have ingested hazardous amounts of TCDD, the most potent dioxin and a contaminant in Agent Orange. He suffered disfigurement as a result of the poisoning, but has since made a full physical recovery.

It should be noted that Navalny never served in the Soviet or Russian Army. During the Soviet Union, it was mandatory for every young man to serve two years in the military and have such training. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and shortly thereafter, the duration became a year. It is still a common practice to have such service.

In Belarus, for example, the length of service is 15 months. The only men who do not get to serve in the army are for very serous health reasons, ranging either from psychiatric diagnosis or physical. According to the publicly available documentation, the reason of his non-service is weak intestines.

Therefore, if the diagnosis is true, would it mean Navalny has health issues, and his present state is based on the pre-existing condition that was somehow exacerbated?  On his YouTube channel, his compatriots claim Navalny was in great health prior to the alleged poisoning last week.

If the latter is true, that would mean that he lied or even worst falsified the medical certificate not to serve in the Russian army? In that case, how patriotic can he be? How can he be for the people, if he is not even willing to serve his country and get a special status? Would it be based on his father’s high position at the time within the Ministry of Defense? In that case, Navalny would be just another cheat and a liar. The same corruption he is fighting and uses it to his advantage and gain?

There is not enough information provided by the Charite Clinic to have accurate analysis. The investigation is absolutely needed. Nevertheless, international readers should know his background and how he is far from the freedom fighter for Russia. He is just another opportunist, who is craving power and possibly to make it further than his father.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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