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Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny is a Russian opposition leader, lawyer, and anti-corruption activist. Alexei Navalny is popular as an anti-corruption blogger and activist, eventually emerging as a top opposition leader to Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.

Early Life

On the 4th of June 1976, in Butyn, Russian SFSR, the Soviet Union, Alexei Navalny was born. His birth name is Alexei Anatolievich Navalny and he is 47 years old.

In addition, he holds Russian nationality and has his belief in Christianity. Similarly, he has a zodiac sign of Gemini and is of Russian-Ukrainian descent.

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Caption: Alexei Navalny childhood photo (Source: TheWikiFeed)

Talking about his parents, he is the son of Anatoly Anatolievich Navalny (father) and Lyudmila Navalny (mother). His father is a retired military officer, and now runs a basket-weaving factory in Kobyakovo along with his wife.

He has a younger brother named Oleg Navalnaya. Due to his father’s profession, the family spent their early years moving from one garrison town to another, studying in different schools.

Education and Early Career

Talking about his academic career, he went to Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia and received his degree in 1998. Moreover, he earned his degree in economics from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation in the year 2001.

In addition, he spent a semester studying at Yale University as part of its World Fellows program in the year 2010.

Professional Career

Alexei Navalny started his career in law as a lawyer in the late 1990s.  During the same years, he joined Yabloko, the Russian United Democratic Party. Afterward, he went on to become deputy chairman of its Moscow branch. But he butted heads with leadership over his nationalist views and was expelled from the party in 2007.

He co-established the National Russian Liberation Movement, known as NAROD (The People) in the year 2007. Its main agenda was to establish democracy and to fight for the rights of the ethnic Russians.
Moreover, he was called up for Georgians to be deported during the Russo-Georgian War of 2008.  He created a pro-gun-rights video that showed him shooting an assailant wearing a traditional Middle Eastern keffiyeh.
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Caption: Alexei Navalny as a Russian activist (Source: Instagram)

He founded “The Union of Minority Shareholders” in the year 2008, and quickly rose to fame as an activist shareholder, investing around 300,000 rubles in stocks of five oil and gas companies.
He published a report that alleged the theft of $4 billion from the oil transport monopoly Transneft during the construction of a major pipeline in November of 2010.
A few weeks later, he launched his RosPil project, aimed at identifying cases of fraud or even unfair competition in the public procurement system.
In 2011, he established the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) to examine the misuse of state funds.
It grew into the biggest independent organization fighting against corruption, successfully investigating official high-handedness and fraud. That same year, he launched RosYama, a private individual not only to report about road conditions but also to track the government’s responses.

International Recognition

Navalny began a major political campaign in 2011, urging voters not to vote for ‘United Russia’ in the upcoming parliamentary election. Moreover, his political campaign

gained nationwide support, as a result of which the ruling party resorted to unfair means. However, United Russia won the election and massive protests began to erupt all over the country, resulting in many arrests.
He was arrested for leading protests against the Russian elections on the 5th of December 2011. Moreover, he was produced in court and sentenced to a fifteen-day prison term, which enhanced his popularity across the world.
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Caption: Alexei Navalny arrested by Russian police (Source: Instagram)

He began organizing massive rallies against Vladimir Putin in May 2012, when Puttin was reelected as president in what he termed a fraudulent election. Once again, he was arrested on the 8th of May and sentenced to prison for 15 days, prompting Amnesty International to designate him as a ‘Prisoner of Conscience.’

On July 17, 2013, he registered his mayoral candidate in the mayoral election for Moscow. The next day, he was arrested and sentenced to five years of imprisonment allegedly for defrauding Russian state enterprise Kirovles but was soon released on bail.

A systematic campaign was started against Navalny to negate his chance of winning the 2013 mayoral election. Despite this, he earned  27.24% votes. Afterward, he joined ‘The People Alliance’, which in 2014 was registered as Progress Party.

Against corruption, he took his campaign to a new level in the year 2014. Due to this, he and his brother were implicated in a new case. He was put under three and a half years of house arrest and his brother was sent to a penal colony for the same period.

Presidential Election

On the 13th of December 2016, he announced plans to run for the 2018 presidential election. After this, soon, his cases against him, which were earlier suspended, were opened and the Central Election Commission refused to register him, citing his previous conviction in the Kirovles case.

However, he was unable to participate in the Presidential Election and start protest marches, urging people to boycott the election. Again, he was arrested in May 2018, and sentenced to 30 days imprisonment for organizing illegal demonstrations.

Before the Moscow city Duma election, in July 2019, Navalny was arrested once again, and sentenced to imprisonment for one month.

Assassination Attempt and Imprisonment

In August 2020, he became seriously ill on a flight to Moscow, prompting an emergency landing in the city of Omsk. Eventually, he was admitted to medical care in Berlin, Germany, where it was determined he was poisoned with a Russian-developed Novichok nerve agent.

A month later, he was discharged from the hospital, Navalny teamed with news agencies and the London-based investigative group Bellingcat to pinpoint his would-be assassins from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB)

Eventually, he managed to get one such security agent on the phone. He tricked him into admitting the nerve agent had been applied to the target’s underwear. He was immediately arrested after returning to Moscow in January 2021 for violating the terms of his probation.

In addition, he was sentenced to nine years in a maximum-security prison in March 2022 for embezzling funds from his Anti-Corruption Foundation. He opened an appeal process against the sentence in court on the 17th of May 2022.

According to Navalny, on the 31st of May 2022, he was officially notified about new charges of extremism brought against him, in which he was facing up to an additional 15 years in prison.

Moreover, he was transferred to the maximum security prison IK-6 in Melekhovo, Vladimir Oblast in mid-June 2022.

 Alexei Navalny – Awards

In early 2021, Navalny got a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize. Similarly, he was awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2021.

In addition, he became a World Fellow at Yale University’s World Fellows Program in 2010. In 2022, he released a documentary ” Navalny” which explores his recovery period in Germany following the poisoning and his return to Russia to face incarceration.

Moreover, he was honored by many national and international publications, including ‘Vedomosti’ and ‘Foreign Policy.’

Alexei Navalny – Net Worth 2024

As a lawyer, opposition leader, anti-corruption activist, and politician, he makes a huge sum of money. In addition, his net worth is estimated at around $10 million as of 2024.

Relationship Status

Regarding his personal life, Alexei married his wife Yulia Navalnaya in 2000. His wife is a Russian public figure and an economist. With the marriage, the couple has two kids whose names are Daria Navalnaya and Zahar Navalny.

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Caption: Alexei Navalny with his family (Source: Instagram)

Body Measurements

This Russian activist stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 80 kg. Moreover, he has brown eyes with brown hair color and his other body stats are still unknown at the moment.

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Caption: Alexei relaxing in a peaceful environment (Source: Instagram)

Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@navalny’ there are over 3.1 million followers. Likewise, there are over 2.9 million followers on his Twitter page ‘@navalny’ and over 580k followers on his Facebook page.