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Will Putin let Alexei Navalny die?

Alexei Navalny is one of the main Russian opposition leaders and a lawyer.  He was the man, who you will all recall was poisoned last year and almost died, allegedly by Russian agents.  Despite that, he decided to return to Russia where he was promptly arrested and imprisoned.  He has now gone on a hunger strike and is apparently within days of his death.

It is astounding that Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, feels so insecure in his leadership that he will allow an opposition leader, who does not have huge support, to die.  As it is, most individuals are disqualified for running for leadership positions if they oppose Putin - and very small percentages of the Russian population actually take part in protests against the lack of democracy in Russia.  With Putin controlling the media, and most independent media crushed, the vast majority of Russians actually support him, however sad that may be.  It seems that Putin suffers from no embarrassment – whether interfering in the American elections to support Donald Trump or jailing and imprisoning, on trumped up charges, anybody who dares oppose him.  He seems intent at every single point of playing the role of a strong man while he and his oligarch friends plunder the natural wealth of Russia, leaving the vast majority of Russians in a somewhat lower middle-class type of lifestyle.  One would hope that he will step back and not allow Alexei Navalny to die.

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Lauren   said:
on Friday 07-May-21 08:49 AM
This reminds me about the quote that says power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely. The man is a dictator and dictators will always feel insecure about their power because they do not hold their position fairly.

Patrick Sedutla  said:
on Thursday 06-May-21 03:41 PM
The man is similar to most African dictators. The only difference is that the prodemocracy western countries cannot dare to remove him from power simply because like all dictators he will crush everything put before him. Unfortunately it is a sad reality that under his leadership he has managed to make more enemies out side of Russia and gained more support from within. Maybe there is something they like about him .Who can forget the Ukrainenian plane that was alleged brought down by his forces and killed all passengers.The noise about it has died down.

Daniella  said:
on Monday 03-May-21 10:50 AM
This is insane! The white house has warned Putin to let Alexei Navalny die however just a little bit of research on Putin and its not hard to see that he is very capable of letting him die. So sad! I really hope that he survives.

sandra  said:
on Monday 03-May-21 07:08 AM
The Kremlin denies Navalny's claims that President Vladimir Putin ordered the attack.However, US intelligence officials concluded that the Moscow government was behind the poisoning, prompting the Biden administration to impose sanctions on senior Russian officials. So to whomever has a back bone to Putin here... good luck

Ashleigh De Villiers  said:
on Thursday 29-Apr-21 04:24 PM
I am shocked that someone had the a bit of a backbone with Putin. Its like really playing russian roulette.

Zindy Kruger  said:
on Wednesday 28-Apr-21 09:38 AM
I think once power and money hungry then always will be no matter the consequence. This is definitely to draw attention and make a statement!

Sarah  said:
on Wednesday 28-Apr-21 09:17 AM
I don't think Putin let Alexei Navalny die, the government will be held responsible for his death because he is in their custody. So if Navalny is doing it for attention etc, he is actually being quite smart cause he know if anything happens to him, the government will be held responsible.

Helen  said:
on Wednesday 28-Apr-21 09:09 AM
Wow, very interesting blog about terrible Russian political games.
Putin is very strong and powerful man, even being threatened by his opposition leaders. It will be his way or no way....
So yes, he might let Alexei Navalny die.

Franzelle Ekron  said:
on Wednesday 28-Apr-21 08:14 AM
This is an interesting read. The world is a scary place to live in and no wear even in politics is it safe.

Prishani  said:
on Friday 23-Apr-21 04:14 PM
This is quite an intense situation. I think it is an extremely drastic stand to take but many citizens probably feel that it is necessary! Hopefully the end result will not be a tragedy.

Alexis  said:
on Friday 23-Apr-21 03:26 PM
One can only hope that that is the case, but I feel otherwise and to be honest, it will be an utter waste. As you say he is in charge, he controls everything, and if another opponent shows their head, I do not think that he will hesitate to do it again. It is quite a sad state of affairs.

Lucretia  said:
on Friday 23-Apr-21 01:14 PM
I have never understood why when there are so many people affected by rogue leaders that the people don't just revolt. Why do people allow their government who actually take them down a worse off path to continue to do so......................

Chante  said:
on Friday 23-Apr-21 08:48 AM
This is truly horrifying I cannot believe people could be so selfish as to let someone die when they could be saved. Putin seems to be a very smart individual, his story is quite sad. But, I truly hope that Navalny does not allow Putin to die.

Ziyanda  said:
on Thursday 22-Apr-21 01:12 PM
This is an interesting read. I had no idea that it was this bad in Russia. I think he will let him die because it means there will be one less person that he needs to worry about.

Bianca Taljaard  said:
on Thursday 22-Apr-21 08:19 AM
Oh my word, this is hectic, it really makes me feel like I don't even want to leave my house anymore

Clare   said:
on Wednesday 21-Apr-21 04:09 PM
It is very scary to read what is happening in other countries. The world is a scary place to live in and no wear even in politics is it safe.

fikile  said:
on Wednesday 21-Apr-21 04:04 PM
I think they are going to let him die because now he is doing this so that he can get out of prison, or they may give him a chance to eat but if he still wont eat then they will let him die.

Sune  said:
on Wednesday 21-Apr-21 12:55 PM
This sounds like a scene from one of those action/spy movies - when it is in fact happening right before our eyes. Scary to think the measures a person will go to.

Nicolene Rich  said:
on Wednesday 21-Apr-21 11:53 AM
I don't think so, I read about it now as well. He could suffer cardiac arrest or kidney failure at any moment and they won't let him die in prison. It's scary what's happening in other parts of the world. Can't believe that this is all about insecurity.

Roxanne  said:
on Wednesday 21-Apr-21 11:26 AM
Compassion has been lost in this world, its all about power, money and status, which is sad but it looks like Russia is taking lessons from China

Michelle B  said:
on Wednesday 21-Apr-21 10:34 AM
It is very scary to read what is happening in some parts of the world. I think letting a man die because of insecurity is quite extreme. I do hope that they come to their senses, soon.

Angelique   said:
on Wednesday 21-Apr-21 09:13 AM
I don't really think he will be allowed to die but time will tell - sooner than later. If he does allow Navalny to die then Russia will be accountable to several International communities. At the end of the day Navalny is in their custody and they are responsible for him. It does not matter if Putin thinks that Navalny is doing this for attention or acting like a "hooligan" as he puts it, what matters is that it would not be wise to allow him just to die.

Bianca Niemann   said:
on Wednesday 21-Apr-21 08:44 AM
It seems like the most unthinkable thing to just let someone die for this. Power-hungry and greed is not a good quality in a supposed "leader". Truly hope he steps back and shows some humanity, although I don't have very high hopes for this.

david  said:
on Wednesday 21-Apr-21 08:32 AM
i think so, yes.

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