– Polymic“We have a new direction on foreign policy: we will ensure that every foreign leader can discuss with Vladimir Putin anything other than the release of Alexei Navalny.” Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s lieutenant and head of the local network of the Anti – Corruption Fund, made the announcement in a message to supporters. “So our great geopolitic escapes from high-level international meetings, and a little dog escapes from the master after telling a joke,” he added. “We have a new direction on foreign policy that we are taking out of Putin’s wallet, his dictatorial friends and their assets around the world,” Volkov said. “The sanctions against Putin’s wallet and aristocracy are not sanctions against Russia, they are sanctions against Putin: an investigation into the building shows that Putin loves money more than anything else.” “Our plan is to increase the pressure on Putin, so new investigations will come out and the forums will organize new peaceful demonstrations. To defeat United Russia in the major cities of the country “.
– Survey: At the same time, the free opinion poll institute Lavada claims only 26% of Russia’s senior population in a poll. Investigation by Alexei Navalny “Putin’s Palace”, In which the Russian president accuses his opponent of building a royal residence on the shores of the Black Sea. Another 10% say they know its contents, 32% have heard of it but have not seen it, but do not know the details. 31% of those interviewed had never heard of the film. Not only that. According to Levada, “the vast majority of those who have seen or heard of the film (77%) have not changed their attitude toward the president since the premiere. At 17%, attitudes worsened and 3% improved.” One-third (33%) of those who have seen the film know or have heard of its content, and are sure that the information in the film is “incorrect”. 38% declared that “it is similar to the truth, but it is difficult to assess the credibility of the allegations.” 17% “sure” about the accuracy of the film. The survey reveals the gap between generations. In fact, 59% of those interviewed “between the ages of 18 and 24” believe that the information in the film is similar to the truth, and 23% believe in honesty. Half (49%) of 55-year-olds and older believe that cinema is wrong. This is also reflected in the personal verdict against Vladimir Putin. One-third (29%) of respondents believe that Vladimir Putin has never abused his power. Even if these allegations are true for another 24%, it is certain that the country is beginning to live better under him. 17% believe that Vladimir Putin is indeed guilty of abuse and 25% like other senior officials. Young people (18-24 years old) are actually more likely to find the president guilty (25%). People 55 and older think it is the lowest: 13%. Viewers are less confident (11%) and readers of publications on the Internet and Telegram channels are safer (25% and 35%, respectively).
– ‘No INGESTIONS’: Russia wants to re-establish relations between Moscow and Brussels, but opposes “interference and the use of double standards,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Following his visit to Moscow, EU High Representative Joseph Borel called on Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and reiterated his European call for the release of Alexei Navalny. Interfax Agency reports. “Russia – Peskov declares – is interested in re-establishing and maintaining relations between Moscow and Brussels. We did not initiate the reduction of these relations. We are very determined and no one should have any doubts about this. ” The Kremlin’s decision to expel some European diplomats accused of participating in the protests against the imprisonment of rival Alexei Navalny shows that Russia does not approve of the intervention, Peskov echoed the Interfax agency. “The diplomats were expelled by some foreign missions in Moscow during the illegal riots,” Peskov said, referring to the pro-Navalny protests. “The Russian side has made it clear that it will not accept this,” said a Kremlin spokesman.
– Incident: At the same time, the Russian Libertarian Party (Unregistered) On February 23, the Moscow city government was informed to protest in support of Alexei Navalny. Their activists said they intended to protest against the imprisonment and sentencing of Navalny, and demanded that the sentence of municipal deputy Yulia Galyamina be suspended and that party student Azad Miftakho be released. Moscow State University sentenced to six years in prison in a public sentence in January. The party’s press service said the demonstration should take place in central Moscow, but the exact location remains at the discretion of city officials. 5,000 people are expected. Interfax reports it.
– Request to meet: During a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last Friday, EU High Representative Joseph Borel asked Alexei Navalny to visit him in prison, but Lavrov’s request was invited to appear in court directly. The visit is not possible considering the court time in Russia. Peter Stano, a spokesman for the European External Action Service, explained this to a question. “During the visit, Boral’s delegation contacted Navalny’s lawyer,” the spokesman said, noting that the EU’s messages on the opponent’s case were repeated at the meeting.
– Local Councilor: A Communist regional councilor from Saratov was among several people detained by Russian police for participating in a protest against the detention of rival Alexei Navalny. The Moscow Times reports that Nikolai Bondarenko was among 15 people arrested on January 31 in the Volga region. His colleagues say Bondarenko, a video blogger with more than 1.2 million followers on YouTube, took part in the protest as an “observer”. “The authorities have been preparing for a long time to find various ways to silence Nikolai,” said Olga Alimova, a local Communist Party leader, linking the arrest of Bondarenko, who was taken over by the Moscow Times. His intention to run in the national parliamentary elections in September has been challenged by the current president of the Duma of Saratov, Vyacheslav Volod.
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