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Alexei Navalny: if not for sanctions, Putin’s army would have been in Odesa

Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader tells about Putin"s plans, censorship in Russia and his arrest. No positive predictions.

Alexei Navalny

The oppositionist Alexei Navalny is in the dual position. On the one hand, he is under house arrest, on the other hand, he does not hide the fact that he cut off his electronic bracelet, walks around Moscow and takes part in the protests from time to time. Yet, Navalny is not punished, only scolded – three days of arrest do not count. Navalny says it is all because of the Kremlin detaining his brother, who, according to the opposition leader, was arrested on false charges, only because of the kinship with the opposition leader. But it does not make Alexei stop criticizing the Kremlin.

Thus, in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde Navalny expressed his confidence that if not for the European sanctions Putin would had reached Odesa in his aggression against Ukraine. So the sanctions restrain him from the inside, compromising the welfare of the people and putting pressure on the Kremlin.

Thus, Navalny is sure Putin lives one dream – to die being lifetime President of the Russian Federation. And for the sake of this plan he takes measures for media clean-up, strengthening of nationalism and religious fundamentalism, and anti-Western propaganda. He has even imposed a ban to publish Charlie Hebdo's caricatures by Russian media.

Navalny is sure that anti-Western hysteria in Russia will only grow. It can be held back only by sanctions. And in this situation Kyiv should not hope for a quick return of Crimea. According to the law, the inhabitants of the peninsula have to give up Russian passports and hold a new legitimate referendum. And it will take a lot of time.