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Navalnywinner of the award Oscars as best documentaryfollows the anti-corruption activist and former Russian presidential candidate as he uncovers a conspiracy to poison him and reflects on his vision for Russia’s future. Daniel Roher signs the direction of this project made by recovering repertoire material edited with recent footage of Navalny on the trail of the truth behind his poisoning occurred in 2020. Considered one of the key political players in today’s Russia, he represents the symbol of the fight against Putin thus attracting the interest of the Western public.
Navalny: what is it about
The official synopsis of the documentary reads as follows: Navalny follows the leader of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny, through his political rise, attempted assassination, and quest to uncover the truth about the attempt on his life. It has been reported that Alexei Navalny is currently being held in a maximum security prison in Russia. His imprisonment has been heavily criticized by human rights groups around the world. The film’s world premiere was at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Festival Favorite Award and the Documentary Audience Award.
Who is Navalny
Putin’s no.1 opponent he plays his role perfectly: Navalny is a caring father, a loving husband, a brave man, an honest politician. The film evokes sympathy and admiration for the protagonist and regret for the plight of the country and its citizens, who, like Navalny, have become figurative and literal prisoners of a regime. In 2000 he joined the liberal Yabloko party in which he made his career and between 2004 and 2007 he was Chief of Cabinet of the Moscow section of the movement, while in 2006 and 2007 he was a member of the Federal Council of the party. Since 2011 he has actively participated in some popular demonstrations against the alleged fraud in the Russian parliamentary elections won by Putin’s party. And in 2013 he was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling 16 million rubles from a logging company. He tries several times to stand for elections waiting for decent results, but between 2019 and 2020 he has some health problems that slow down his protest journey. In the summer of 2020 he accuses an illness he boards a plane back to Moscow and is rushed to hospital. It turns out that he was poisoned with Novichok. After his recovery, as soon as he returned to Russia he was put in prison and subjected to torture such as sleep deprivation. The doctors reported Navalny’s alarming health conditions to the authorities, but a decision on the matter has not yet been made.