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g-f(2)1975 Caging the Truth: Why Navalny's Courage Terrified Putin


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The courageous activism of Russia's most prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny, even from behind bars, threatened Putin's rapacious kleptocracy which survives through violence and deceit - necessitating his elimination to quash an intolerable dissenting voice of truth.

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"He was living proof that courage is possible, that truth exists, that Russia could be a different kind of country. For a dictator who survives thanks to lies and violence, that kind of challenge was intolerable." —  Anne Applebaum

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Navalny elicited grassroots support through his charismatic investigation of regime corruption and bravely returned to Russia knowing the personal risk, emerging as an inspiration for dissidents globally - so Putin ordered his imprisonment in brutal conditions to isolate him and likely directly ended his life to permanently silence him.

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  1. Navalny's viral "Putin's Palace" video exposed outrageous graft in an entertaining style that resonated with ordinary Russians, reaching over 100 million views.
  2. His gifts for conveying dry facts around kleptocracy through humor and authenticity eroded the regime's legitimacy for many.
  3. Navalny returned to Russia knowing he would likely be imprisoned or killed to continue his activism from within versus externally.
  4. His courage has been a clarion call for dissidents battling autocracies worldwide like Belarus.
  5. While Putin wages a savage, unjustified war devastating Russia, Navalny modeled integrity through self-sacrifice.
  6. Putin avoids real scrutiny, instead propagating blatant historical falsehoods to compliant mouthpieces like Carlson.
  7. Dictators reliant on oppression, censorship and propaganda greatly fear organic truth-telling movements.
  8. His death removes a champion of an alternative future rooted in transparency and justice rather than violence.
  9. Navalny's legacy and political movement persist externally while inspiring ongoing resistance internally.
  10. History suggests dictators rarely triumph against courageous dissent anchored around honesty and human dignity.


Alexei Navalny presents the idea that sacrificed lives exposing harsh truths can awaken the conscience of nations more forcefully than soldiers commandeering territories - a lesson autocrats inevitably learn too late.


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Anne Applebaum, Why Russia Killed Navalny, The Atlantic, February 16, 2024.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum is a staff writer at The Atlantic². She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and was previously a columnist for The Washington Post⁴. Her work at The Atlantic focuses on national politics and foreign policy, with a particular emphasis on Europe⁴.

Applebaum has written extensively on the rise of autocratic power around the world¹. She has reported from various locations including Belarus, Turkey, and the Polish-Belarusian border, exposing the conditions that have allowed autocrats of various countries to thrive, often at the expense of global liberal democracies¹.

In addition to her journalistic work, Applebaum is also an author. She co-authored "Competing in and with China: Implications and Strategies for Western Business Executives" (Thinkers50), which provides valuable insights into the complexities of competing in and with China³.

Her work is recognized for its practical relevance and impact, making her a respected figure in the field of journalism and international politics²⁴..

Source: Conversation with Bing, 2/16/2024

(1) All Stories by Anne Applebaum - The Atlantic.

(2) Anne Applebaum Joins The Atlantic as Staff Writer.

(3) The Atlantic's December 2021 Cover Story - The Atlantic.

(4) Anne Applebaum – The Atlantic staff writer, Pulitzer-prize winning ....

(5) Getty Images.

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The Atlantic article "Why Russia Killed Navalny" by Anne Applebaum discusses the circumstances surrounding the presumed death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny². The article suggests that Navalny's death was a result of his political success, his ability to reach people with the truth, and his talent for breaking through the fog of propaganda².

Navalny returned to Russia in January 2021 and posted a film titled “Putin’s Palace: The Story of the World’s Largest Bribe” on YouTube². The video, which has been viewed 129 million times, exposed the corruption within the Russian government and the extravagant lifestyle of its leader, Vladimir Putin².

Despite his ill health, Navalny chose to return to Russia from exile in 2021, knowing he would be arrested². His courage and determination to tell the truth inside Russia turned him into a symbol of civic courage².

The article concludes that Putin still feared Navalny, which was evident when the regime moved him to a distant arctic prison to stop him from communicating with his friends and family².

Source: Conversation with Bing, 2/16/2024

(1) Why Russia Killed Navalny – Anne Applebaum.

(2) Why Russia Killed Navalny - MSN.

(3) Why Russia Killed Navalny | AllSides.

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