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Russian politician Alexey Navalny in his Telegram channel and Instagram denied the statements of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin regarding the development of events with the poisoning of the oppositionist.
"About "travel restrictions" generally ridiculous, – he wrote. – 100% false. I have a passport. I won the European Court of Justice on this matter. In the fabricated (by the Investigative Committee of Russia – V.V.) case about "insulting a veteran" They tried to take my written undertaking not to leave the place, but the article does not provide for restrictions on freedom “.
At the same time, Navalny noted that he refused to give the subscription required from him..
In addition, the opposition politician pointed to a discrepancy in the statements of Vladimir Putin and his press secretary Dmitry Peskov. The latter previously argued that the head of the Russian state had nothing to do with the decision to transport Alexei Navalny for treatment to Germany. It’s funny that Putin was again afraid to pronounce my name, Navalny said.
As you know, on the eve of the President of the Russian Federation at a meeting of the international discussion club “Valdai” said that he personally asked the Prosecutor General’s Office to allow Navalny (in the mouth of Putin – “this citizen”) to fly out of Russia, despite the fact that there were restrictions due to the “judicial investigation” in attitude of the opposition leader. The Russian leader also echoed some of Moscow’s old versions of what happened..
Meanwhile, on Thursday October 22, a group of US senators – both Republicans and Democrats – called on the administration of US President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on Russia for poisoning opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Earlier, similar measures were simultaneously introduced by the European Union and Great Britain. Moscow denies all accusations against it
Alexey Roshchin: “This is a scandal of such caliber and power that the Kremlin does not know at all how to behave”
Social psychologist Alexei Roshchin believes that the position of the Kremlin is not to admit anything, to deny everything, and to stand firm to the end, regardless of factual evidence and logical conclusions. In his opinion, it has long been obvious that the official Russian versions in connection with the poisoning of Navalny do not stand up to criticism and only irritate everyone who is trying to grasp the essence of the matter..
“On the other hand, the authorities cannot offer anything else now,” he added in a commentary for the Russian service of the Voice of America. – Because any recognition will make the position of the Kremlin many times worse. It is impossible even to admit that this is Novichok, which is spreading uncontrollably in Russia, since Moscow has taken international obligations in this regard, and here in any case you will have to answer. “.
This is a scandal of such caliber and power that the Kremlin does not know at all how to behave further, summed up Alexey Roshchin..
Vyacheslav Bakhmin: “It remains only to put on an old worn-out record”
In turn, the co-chairman of the Moscow Helsinki Group, founder of the Sakharov Center, Vyacheslav Bakhmin, noted that “new Kremlin tales” about the story of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny are not to be expected. According to him, the authorities now have zugzwang – a situation in checkers and chess, in which any next player’s move only leads to a deterioration in his position..
“The situation is dead-end,” said the interlocutor of the Russian service of the Voice of America. – The Kremlin cannot recognize the poisoning, and it is stupid not to recognize it, but there is no other way out. Moreover, Putin is not used to abandoning what was said earlier. In general, in principle, he cannot say: here I was wrong. So all that remains is to put on an old worn-out record and repeat what none of the sane people anymore believes in. “.
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In addition, at the same meeting of the Valdai Club, Vladimir Putin said that he had no longer worried about the opinion of the West and any criticism, Vyacheslav Bakhmin emphasized. As it seems to him, this is quite similar to the truth..
“He has already detached himself from reality too far, therefore he believes that one can speak with the West only from a position of strength, and does not intend to deviate from the strategy he has built,” the human rights activist argues. – Putin hopes that such a sequence, even absolutely not logical from the point of view of common sense, still, in the end, should play a role. That is, he replaces logic or substitutes a sequence, and then come what may “.
The Russian president cannot do otherwise, concluded the co-chairman of the Moscow Helsinki Group.