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Navalny may run efforts from Berlin

Specialists at Berlin’s Charite hospital continue to examine Alexei Navalny. Meanwhile, his close circle has cancelled a YouTube stream that was meant to reveal the truth about the blogger’s “poisoning.” When asked what would become of Navalny’s organizations and projects, the experts said that he would be able to manage them from overseas, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes.

An interesting thing to note is that the Charite hospital is famous for its politician patients, who in the past included Viktor Yushchenko, who was treated for “poisoning” when he was running for president of Ukraine and ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshchenko, who had then been released from prison.

First Deputy President of the Center for Political Technologies Alexei Makarkin believes that even if Navalny remains overseas, this won’t spell the end to his political career. “For instance, Lenin managed the Social Democratic faction in the State Duma and published the Iskra newspaper from overseas. It is even easier over the Internet. Navalny can manage his organization and address his supporters. The main thing is that he needs to remain legally competent,” the expert added.

At the same time, Makarkin admitted that any organization would become weaker if its leader was away, so Navalny’s supporters could lose some of their enthusiasm. If the opposition blogger remains legally competent, he will easily make presentations from overseas. But if not, there are no other undisputed leaders in his close circle who could encourage people to vote in large numbers,” Makarkin pointed out.

President of the Russian Association of Political Consultants Alexei Kurtov, in turn, noted that “as long as nothing tragic happens to Navalny, the network will continue to operate as usual because a strategy has been determined and there are people who can work on an ongoing basis.” The organization will pursue the same path until its leader returns, the expert said. Navalny’s network could only collapse if it became definitely clear that he would never resume his political activities.

Source: Nezavisimaya Gazeta via TASS

Header: BERLIN, GERMANY – AUGUST 22, 2020: Members of staff handle an isolation capsule outside the emergency department of the Charite hospital where Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny has been transferred from Russia’s Omsk Emergency Hospital No 1. Head of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), Navalny felt bad aboard a passenger plane from Tomsk to Moscow on August 20, was brought to hospital in Omsk with poisoning symptoms and placed in an induced coma. Vyacheslav Filippov/TASS

Notes:

Russian authorities provided all permissions to transfer blogger Alexey Navalny from Omsk to Berlin very fast, this matter did not require President Vladimir Putin’s intervention, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists Monday.

“No, this is entirely not a president’s prerogative,” Peskov said, answering a question whether Putin took part in negotiations or decision-making on Navalny’s transfer to Germany for treatment. According to the spokesman, “it was an entirely medical decision, tied to the patient’s health condition.”

“There is no reason for international negotiations; I can only say that, without doubt, in this case, our relevant authorities did everything very fast, very quickly: all permissions concerning flight formalities were provided very fast and without any obstruction, as soon as the medics ruled the patient’s transfer safe,” Peskov said.

Commenting on reports about the alleged surveillance over Navalny, Peskov noted that he is unaware how reliable these reports are.

“Citing [anonymous] sources always makes credibility of the information only partial,” the spokesman said.

In general, Peskov redirected this question to the intelligence agencies.

“Of course, some tracking measures towards some people cannot and should not be negotiated with any state bodies, let alone the president’s administration. This is a prerogative of intelligence agencies. It is only possible to check the credibility of these reports [about surveillance over Navalny] in those agencies,” the spokesman underscored.

On August 20, Navalny’s plane en route from Tomsk to Moscow conducted an emergency landing in Omsk due to the blogger’s rapidly deteriorated medical state. Navalny was hospitalized; he was in coma and plugged to a ventilator. Early on August 22, he was transferred to Germany for treatment.

Source: TASS