In light of Russian opposition leader getting detained in Moscow, here is a documentary about Alexei Navalny just before he got first convicted.

"This topical documentary profiles the brave opposition leaders playing Russian roulette against Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian regime." - The Hollywood Reporter

This is the inside story of the Russian opposition movement and the rise of its key leader, Alexei Navalny – the anti-corruption blogger who has become one of Putin’s greatest enemies.

Arrested numerous times for campaigning against Putin and organising large-scale demonstrations through his blog on LiveJournal, Navalny was convicted for embezzlement and sentenced to a 5 year term in prison, but released a day after sentencing. He then ran for the Moscow mayoral election and won an astonishing 27% of the vote – claiming that the actual number was still higher and that the authorities had committed election fraud.

With exclusive access to Navalny and other frontline opposition figures including Putin’s goddaughter Ksenia Sobchak and Solidarnost leader Ilya Yashin, and featuring daring undercover footage from the frontline of opposition protest rallies, the film provides new insight into recent significant events including the Pussy Riot trial, and the anti-American adoption and anti-gay legislation.

At a time when the world's eyes are on Russia, The Term is crucial to our understanding of the wider opposition movements within the country.


The Term: Opposing Putin

52 min • Politics & World Affairs • 2014

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This is the inside story of the Russian opposition movement and the rise of its key leader, Alexei Navalny – the anti-corruption blogger who has become one of Putin’s greatest enemies. With exclusive access to Navalny and other frontline opposition figures including Putin’s goddaughter Ksenia Sobcha…


This is the inside story of the Russian opposition movement and the rise of its key leader, Alexei Navalny – the anti-corruption blogger who has become one of Putin’s greatest enemies.

With exclusive access to Navalny and other frontline opposition figures including Putin’s goddaughter Ksenia Sobchak and Solidarnost leader Ilya Yashin, and featuring daring undercover footage from the frontline of opposition protest rallies, the film provides new insight into recent significant events including the Pussy Riot trial, and the anti-American adoption and anti-gay legislation.


Watch the trailer for The Term: Opposing Putin:


The video Alexei Navalny posted on Putin's palace garnering over 100 million views on Youtube in a few days [English subtitles included]:


News this week:

CNN: CNN joins an investigation by the group Bellingcat that has pieced together how the Russian Security Service followed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny and his team throughout a trip to Siberia just prior to his poisoning in August 2020. CNN's Clarissa Ward reports:

CBS 60 minutes: In 2017, Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny told 60 Minutes he was willing to risk his life for the cause, "I think I'm ready to sacrifice everything for my job.":

BBC: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny duped a Russian FSB state agent into revealing details of an attack on him with the nerve agent Novichok, the investigative group Bellingcat reports. Mr Navalny reportedly impersonated a security official to call the agent. The agent, Konstantin Kudryavtsev, told him the Novichok had been placed in a pair of Mr Navalny's underpants. Mr Navalny, who is still recovering in Berlin, posted a recording of the long conversation on his YouTube channel. He collapsed on board a Russian airliner in August in the attack, which nearly proved fatal:

The Guardian: Alexei Navalny’s team has released a mammoth investigation into Vladimir Putin’s wealth, including a £1bn palace on the Black Sea allegedly built for the Russian president that the opposition leader called “the biggest bribe in history”. Navalny’s allies are planning to hold demonstrations on Saturday in about 65 cities across the country in support of the Kremlin critic who was arrested and jailed on his return to Russia last weekend.  

Navalny, 44, returned to Russia on Sunday from Germany, where he had been recovering from a near-fatal poisoning with the novichok nerve agent in an attack he blamed on Russian security services and Putin.  The Kremlin has denied the luxury complex belongs to Putin and urged Russians not to send their money to “crooks”. They have also warned social media platforms against spreading online calls to stage weekend protests: