Espreso. Global
Exclusive

Navalny's murder might motivate resistance, radicalise protests in Russia — sociologist Eidman

1 March, 2024 Friday
19:20

Russian sociologist, political expert, journalist and publicist Igor Eidman considers the possibility of radical opposition to the regime after the murder of Alexei Navalny

He spoke about this on Espreso TV.

"The death of Navalny will not affect the transformation of the Russian regime, because it will become even more brutal, there will be even more repression, political and police terror. This event, unfortunately, will not affect the political situation in Russia, the Russian authorities continue to put pressure on society and Navalny is not the first victim of the Putin regime. As for the situation, what this can change, I think there are two trends here: demoralisation, so that society thinks that nothing can be done in this situation, and that's why Navalny was so cynically imprisoned and now cynically killed," Eidman said.

The journalist is convinced that the Russian opposition дуфвук was murdered.

"This may also have an impact on the radicalisation of the protests, they will probably not be as peaceful as Gandhi's, because the authorities simply ignored these events. We see that people are joining the Russian army less. I think that Navalny's murder is motivating many people to resist and to oppose this regime by force, because there is still an opportunity, but it may end, many may go abroad, to Western Europe. I think many people will choose this path, but many people will also become more radical in their opposition to this regime," the Russian sociologist concluded.

Navalny's death in Russian prison: what is known

On Friday, February 16, the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation announced the death of the imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

On the same day, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of European cities to express their outrage over Navalny's death, blaming it on Putin. In Russia, they were not allowed to lay flowers in memory of the oppositionist.

Navalny's relatives were refused to show or give his body to him. Before that, the Russian exile newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Europe reported that Alexei Navalny's body was allegedly covered with bruises. This could be either due to beatings or convulsions caused by the poison effect.

Citing its own sources in Russia's Investigative Committee and Navalny's entourage, the Russian opposition outlet Sota reported that he died of gradual poisoning by small doses.

The head of the Bundestag Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, said that the death of the Russian opposition leader should prompt German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to send Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine, while Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called for Russia to be declared a state sponsor of terrorism.

As of February 19, more than 400 activists were detained in 32 Russian cities after the death of Putin's opponent during flower-laying events.

The Lithuanian and German foreign ministers said that after Navalny's death, the EU should at least strengthen sanctions against Russia. EU Diplomacy Chief Josep Borrell said that EU members would propose a new package against the Kremlin.

On Monday and Tuesday, February 19-20, the foreign ministries of numerous European countries summoned Russian ambassadors to the carpet over Navalny's death.

On February 20, it became known that Putin had promoted Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service Boyarynev to colonel general after Navalny died in the colony.

Tags:
Read also:
  • News
2024, Friday
19 April
21:50
Review
Victorious news of 786th day of war: Ukraine’s Air Force shoots down Russian Tu-22M3, German drone manufacturer opens factory in Ukraine
21:35
Russian army attacks Ukrainian positions in Kherson region 7 times with little success — General Staff
21:15
Kherson Art Museum identifies more than 100 paintings stolen by Russia
20:57
Exclusive
Putin will continue war until it becomes clear who is next in White House — political analyst
20:36
Exclusive
What parameters should F-16 have to effectively fight Russia: aviation expert explains
20:15
Ukrainian navy explains why Russian forces rarely use Kalibr missiles
19:49
Russia will not cease fire even if talks with Ukraine start - Lavrov
19:26
Exclusive
What could have shot down Russian Tu-22M bomber: military expert suggests
19:13
Updated
Poland detains Russian agent planning assassination attempt on Zelenskyy
19:05
Exclusive
"Ukraine has weapons to shoot down Russian aircraft": Air Force comments on Tu-22M3 downing
18:46
Updated
Slovaks raise €2 million for shells for Ukraine as government fails to back Czech initiative
18:45
G7 pledges to strengthen Ukraine's air defense
18:25
G7 defines specific steps to help Ukraine, says FM Kuleba
18:00
Review
General election in India: Relations with Ukraine and why role of Asian player shouldn't be underestimated
17:40
20 Days in Mariupol team brings Oscar to Ukraine
17:19
OPINION
War will end when world understands its causes and consequences - Ukrainian diplomat
16:57
Ukraine returns 17-year-old girl deported to Russia
16:35
Exclusive
Ukrainian resistance in occupied territories helps army
16:13
Exclusive
Russian army redeploys aviation to Bakhmut sector, Ukrainian forces lack air defenses
15:50
Russia attacks Bilopillya in Sumy region, severely injuring three people
15:30
Ukraine's top diplomat discusses strengthening of air defense with Italian counterpart
15:08
Russia cancels Victory Day parade in Crimea on May 9
14:48
Ukraine needs deeply echeloned air defense system - Ukrainian Air Force
14:27
Updated
Russia attacks Ukraine, killing and injuring civilians in Dnipro and region, including children
13:58
OPINION
Everything is to be decided in Europe and by Europe
13:38
"Situation is critical": Poland's PM says coming weeks could decide fate of war in Ukraine
13:18
Both U.S. congressional parties back bill to aid Ukraine — Ukraine’s PM following meetings with US officials
12:58
Review
Ukraine's dependence on US assistance. Technological solutions and frontline update. Serhiy Zgurets's column
12:38
Explosions heard in occupied Mariupol, Russian military base hit - Advisor to Mariupol Mayor
12:17
Ukrainian photojournalist Yulia Kochetova among winners of World Press Photo-2024 Global Stage
11:57
Ukraine downs Tu-22M3 aircraft in Russia used to launch Kh-22/Kh-32 missiles at Ukraine
11:35
Russians raid and mobilize Muslims in Crimea during Eid al-Fitr holiday
11:15
Russia steps up mobilization ahead of possible summer offensive: ISW names problems that Russia may face
10:55
Air defense systems belong in cities under attack, not warehouses - Zelenskyy on massive Russian attack on Dnipro
10:35
Russia loses 870 soldiers, 9 tanks and 21 artillery systems in one day in Ukraine - General Staff
09:55
"We have no plan B": Ukraine's Foreign Minister comments on expectations from US Congress vote
2024, Thursday
18 April
21:59
Review
Victorious news of 785th day of war: Ukraine has drones able to hit targets in Siberia, Germany will supply more air defense systems
21:38
97% of Russian attacks target civilian infrastructure - Ukraine in OSCE
21:18
Ukraine may get seven more Patriot systems from Germany and partners - Scholz
21:00
Ukraine develops drones capable of 3,000 kilometers range, reaching Siberia — The Economist
More news