Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has called on Vladimir Putin “Evil Madman” With nuclear weapons and veto rights at the UN, in an article published in the American magazine TIME this Monday, after being elected President of Russia as one of the personalities of the year.
“World leaders have been talking hypocritically for years about the benefits of pragmatism and international trade. Thus, they positioned themselves to benefit from Russian oil and gas, while Putin’s dominance grew even stronger, “said Alexei Navalny.
The protester added, “The question we face is: how to stop An evil madman with an army, Nuclear weapons and the UN. Member of the Security Council? ” He asked. “It’s not [questão] Not answered yet. We have to do it, ”he said.
He further added that Vladimir Putin had repeatedly reminded them that the path to “a small electoral fraud” would always lead to dictatorship. “Dictatorships always lead to wars. That is the lesson we must not forget. “
Navalny, who is serving a nine-year sentence, recalled in a letter to some European countries (including Germany) – “Between sanctions, military and economic aid, this war costs hundreds of times more than all lucrative deals, whose signatures have been washed with champagne.”
“Putin reminded all of us of the duck test: If something looks like a duck and swims like a duck, if there are quails like a duck, it’s a duck.
Similarly, he added, “If anyone destroys the independent press, organizes political assassinations and engages in imperialist illusions, Then he is a madman, capable of causing bloodshed.
“They should not have welcomed him with open arms on the international stage. Putin is now teaching a lesson on how to reverse the economic success a country has achieved for 20 years.Navalny pointed to the strong contraction caused by Western sanctions on Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.
Putin, whom Russia called a “special military operation” in the neighboring country on February 24, was added by Time magazine to the list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2022.
The list includes the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander Valery Jalusny and Russian journalist Dmitry Muradov.
Navalny, considered one of the Kremlin’s most important voices, has been serving a two – and – a – half year prison sentence since February 2021 in another fraud case in 2014.
In 2020, the 45-year-old opposition leader spent months in treatment in Germany after escaping a nerve agent poisoning, for which he blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Navalny, who was poisoned by a Russian-made chemical weapon (Novichok) in August 2020, is accused of plotting to assassinate Russian secret services, and returned to Russia in January 2022 after recovering several months in Germany.
He was arrested in two weeks, imprisoned and sentenced to two and a half years in prison, and since then the West has been demanding his release.