Russian opposition figure Navalny has imperialist views, says ex-State Duma member

2 September, 04:32 PM
Oleksiy Navalny takes part in the review of the appeal against his sentence in Moscow via video link from the VK-2 correctional colony in Pokrov, May 24 (Photo:REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina)

Oleksiy Navalny takes part in the review of the appeal against his sentence in Moscow via video link from the VK-2 correctional colony in Pokrov, May 24 (Photo:REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been sentenced by a court to nine years in a penal colony, has imperialist views, former member of Russia’s State Duma and now a citizen of Ukraine, Ilya Ponomarev, said in an interview with Radio NV on Sept. 1.

“There is a liberal attitude within the Russian liberal opposition that Navalny, as the most powerful (this is true) opposition politician, will break (the Kremlin’s) walls and then ‘we will enter there and rule,’” Ponomarev said,

“But I think this is a bad (idea), as Navalny is a really powerful person, but he will not share power with anyone. I believe that every person in Ukraine knows that he has imperialist views.”

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The former Russian lawmaker also noted that Russian opposition activists, such as Garry Kasparov or Mikhail Khodorkovsky, do not want to come to Ukraine and do not try to cooperate with it, because they know that it will be unpopular in Russia.

“They’re trying to say different beautiful words, but at a distance,” he said.

“I believe this indicates whether they’re really fighting, or whether they’re waiting for the Ukrainians to liberate Russia for them.”

In his last plea at a court hearing on May 24 to consider an appeal against the verdict against him, Navalny spoke about Russia’s war against Ukraine.

“Do you want to stop progress? You can break many destinies, but you will be defeated both here and in the stupid war you are waging,” he said.

Moscow’s Lefortovo district court on March 22 sentenced Navalny to nine years in a penal colony and a fine of RUB 1.2 million (about $11,000) in a case of fraud and contempt of court.

Back in January, Navalny appeared on the cover of the TIME news magazine titled “The Man Putin Fears.”

At the same time, after Russia started its military occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014, Navalny declared that now the peninsula de facto “belongs” to Russia, and the reality is that it is part of Russia and will never return to Ukraine.

“Is Crimea a sandwich or something, that you can take and then give back? I don’t think so,” he said.

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