Billions at stake: Who is behind the financing of Navalny


Having barely returned to Russia from abroad, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who publicly accused President Putin of attempting to poison him, immediately found himself behind bars. And all that the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) was able to do in his absence was to organize an action with flashlights illuminating the night sky. It is not surprising that she did not receive much public support. Another thing is surprising. What were Putin's enemy number one and his team counting on?


Opposition leader Navalny and his FBK attracted increased attention in Russia and around the world with their anti-corruption investigations, which caused great irritation among many of our compatriots. The film about "Putin's palace" has collected over one hundred million views. Alexei himself personally accused the Russian president of a failed attempt to poison him with chemical weapons. The "basic instinct" was to tell him that it was better to stay abroad, where he could continue his amateur investigative activities, run in German parks and receive generous donations from supporters. Instead, he flew back to Russia, where he fell into the hands of law enforcement agencies and received a decent real sentence instead of a suspended sentence. As a lawyer, he could not help but understand that this would all end. For more than two years, he retires from the public policy, will not be able to shoot the next revelations.

Why all this? Is “Putin's enemy number one” so shortsighted and stupid? The answer is not entirely straightforward.

First, you need to decide whether the video blogger, skillfully manipulating the minds of many of his viewers and supporters, is really the main enemy of the Russian president. Recall that until recently, he was considered the fugitive oligarch Khodorkovsky, who was forced to forget about the media activity of Alexei Navalny. But Mikhail Borisovich himself did not forget about this for a second, carefully monitoring the internal political processes in Russia.

The ex-owner of Yukos, despite 10 years behind bars, is still a very rich man. His fortune is estimated in different ways: from $ 500 million to $ 10 billion. He created the public organization "Open Russia", the goal of which is "civic education of adolescents and teaching them the basics of democracy", as well as educational, publishing and educational activities. This structure is officially recognized as undesirable in our country. In addition, the oligarch finances such media as MBH Media, Open Media, Meduza. In a sense, he can even be considered a functional analogue of the businessman-“philanthropist” George Soros. Why is Khodorkovsky specifically considered "Putin's enemy"?

He gave the answer himself in a programmatic article entitled “Russia Waiting for a Miracle”. In it, he explained that his team was substantively working on changing the form of government in our country from "super-presidential" to presidential-parliamentary. The meaning of these changes was to significantly limit the powers of the head of state by expanding the legislative one. The government would be appointed and lay down powers before the Parliament. The latter would have the right to conduct his own parliamentary investigations. But what is wrong with these ideas?

On the one hand, everything seems to be correct and beautiful, in a Western way. On the other hand, the president would then turn into a nominal figure, and the real power would be transferred to the representative body. It would seem that there is nothing wrong with that, but in Russian realities everything would be decided by several parties, or rather, by those sponsors that would stand behind them. As a result, our country would be governed in accordance with a consensus among several oligarchs or their groupings that finance these parliamentary parties. It is clear that Mikhail Borisovich clearly had his own views on this. And where does Alexei Navalny have to do with it then?

It is interesting how Khodorkovsky commented on the opposition's prospects of going to jail after returning to Russia:

Well done. Although there is a risk. In my life, this was in 2003 ... I think that about Navalny one can give about the same forecast.

It turns out that everyone knew and understood in advance that Navalny would sit down. It can be assumed that Western curators convincingly "asked" him to return to Russia, promising that not a single hair will fly off his head. Indeed, if something happens to him in prison, all the bigwigs will fly towards President Putin, who will be immediately accused of settling scores with "enemy number one." That is why the oppositionist really runs the risk of becoming a "sacred victim of the regime", but it will be beneficial not to the Kremlin, but to the fugitive oligarch. He also has a serious financial resource, and its own media, and a public platform, and personal connections among the Western elites.

Such a person may well try to turn the widow Yulia Navalnaya into Tikhanovskaya-2, making her a nominal president. And then the country will be ruled by serious guys.
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  1. Cyril Offline Cyril
    Cyril (Kirill) 15 February 2021 13: 15
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    On the one hand, everything seems to be correct and beautiful, in a Western way. On the other hand, the president would then turn into a figurehead, and real power passed to the representative body.

    First, in a parliamentary-presidential republic, the president is not a nominal figure. Therefore, such a republic is called parliamentary-presidential. Republics in which the president is a nominal figure are called parliamentary.

    Secondly, at last, at least someone on the Reporter admitted that the Russian parliament has no real power :) Although, according to the Constitution, there should be.

    It would seem that there is nothing wrong with that, but in Russian realities everything would be decided by several parties, or rather, by those sponsors that would stand behind them. As a result, our country would be governed in accordance with a consensus among several oligarchs or their groupings that finance these parliamentary parties.

    Ummm ... Sergei, do you think that in a presidential republic power comes only from the president and "several oligarchs" do not participate in decision-making? :) Really, I did not expect such naivety from you.
    1. Dan Offline Dan
      Dan (Daniel) 15 February 2021 14: 15
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      Quote: Cyril
      Ummm ... Sergei, do you think that in a presidential republic power comes only from the president and "several oligarchs" do not participate in decision-making? :) Really, I did not expect such naivety from you.

      And if you are not naive, then present the scheme of the oligarchs' influence on the parliament. Who conducts which laws, how are they lobbied, payment schemes for services and, of course, everything based on real examples? Here, everyone can utter profound scandalous ideas in a pose of thoughtfulness. You show that you really know something, rather than puffing out your cheeks as a thinker.
      1. Cyril Offline Cyril
        Cyril (Kirill) 15 February 2021 16: 57
        -2
        And if you are not naive, then present the scheme of the oligarchs' influence on the parliament.

        You exactly wanted to address this question to me?
      2. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
        Marzhecki (Sergei) 16 February 2021 07: 18
        +1
        Let's start with the fact that I described the scheme of the oligarch's influence on parliament as the ultimate goal of the plans of the oligarch Khodorkovsky. Such transformations are his idea. Why are you presenting something to me here and demanding an explanation?
    2. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 15 February 2021 14: 32
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      Quote: Cyril
      Ummm ... Sergei, do you think that in a presidential republic power comes only from the president and "several oligarchs" do not participate in decision-making? :) Really, I did not expect such naivety from you.

      I didn't say that. We are simply talking about the redistribution of power by oligarchic groups.
      P.S. I even wanted to draw a parallel with the "Decembrists". Oddly enough, they wanted the same thing as Khodorkovsky: they did not care about the liberation of the people from serfdom, they wanted to overthrow the tsar, create a Parliament and become the power in it and in the Government themselves. For their own good and the good of their privileged class.

      First, in a parliamentary-presidential republic, the president is not a nominal figure. Therefore, such a republic is called parliamentary-presidential. Republics in which the president is a nominal figure are called parliamentary.

      As a basic lawyer, I know what is called and how. Therefore, as a journalist, I specially made a reservation about "Russian realities." Weak and controlled Julia would be the nominal head of state. Well, or any other "Parsley".
      1. Cyril Offline Cyril
        Cyril (Kirill) 15 February 2021 17: 04
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        I didn't say that. We are simply talking about the redistribution of power by oligarchic groups.

        And in this, in essence, there is nothing directly wrong. Moreover, the influence of wealthy individuals and / or their groups on power is a natural order of things for any state at any time in the history of the Earth. It would be strange if people who own a huge fortune did not promote their interests.

        I even wanted to draw a parallel with the "Decembrists". Oddly enough, they wanted the same thing as Khodorkovsky: they did not care about the liberation of the people from serfdom, they wanted to overthrow the tsar, create a Parliament and become the power in it and in the Government themselves. For their own good and the good of their privileged class.

        Well, first of all, some of the Decembrists were still worried about the elimination of serfdom.

        Secondly, even if not universal, albeit only aristocratic, the republic is still a more progressive system than the absolutist monarchy.

        Weak and controlled Julia would be the nominal head of state. Well, or any other "Parsley".

        Maybe, of course, I missed something, but it seems that no one was going to make it a president.

        Secondly, how "weak and controllable" it is is also a controversial point.
        1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
          Marzhecki (Sergei) 16 February 2021 07: 14
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          Quote: Cyril
          Maybe, of course, I missed something, but it seems that no one was going to make it a president.

          Secondly, how "weak and controllable" it is is also a controversial point.

          Well, there are still 3 years before the elections, a lot can change. Many conditions must be met. This is a direct analogy with the Tikhanovsky couple, it suggests itself, and therefore is considered.
          In general, in Russia to declare oneself a contender in advance is still an undertaking.

          Well, first of all, some of the Decembrists were still worried about the elimination of serfdom.

          "Some", yes, they exercised the right to release them. And the overwhelming majority didn't really care.
          1. Cyril Offline Cyril
            Cyril (Kirill) 16 February 2021 07: 36
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            Well, there are still 3 years before the elections, a lot can change. Many conditions must be met. This is a direct analogy with the Tikhanovsky couple, it suggests itself, and therefore is considered.

            Well, Duc, and the situations in our countries with the current government are also very similar. Is not it so? Tukhanovsky and Navalny (in the sense of married couples) are a consequence, not a cause.

            "Some", yes, they exercised the right to release them. And the overwhelming majority didn't really care.

            Everything does not happen at once. An aristocratic republic is still better than an absolute monarchy.
          2. Cyril Offline Cyril
            Cyril (Kirill) 16 February 2021 07: 37
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            In general, in Russia to declare oneself a contender in advance is still an undertaking.

            This is yes. You can rake
  2. Miffer Offline Miffer
    Miffer (Sam Miffers) 15 February 2021 13: 31
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    It is financed by evil, vile, insidious enemies. This is all that can be said without any investigation and boring chatter of egg-headed "scientists".
    We are unlikely to recognize the names of the enemies, since in Russia almost the entire history of the twentieth century is classified, and the twenty-first is even more so. This makes it easier to maintain "stability and order."
    1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
      Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 15 February 2021 13: 35
      -2
      Did you shine with a flashlight yesterday?
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 15 February 2021 14: 15
    +1
    Navalny is already in prison. We must stop writing about him and they will forget about him more quickly. Efremov is no longer remembered. But about the opposition, which does not sit, but enjoys more popularity than Navalny, although occasionally it is necessary to write the truth. And so it turns out we only have a Navalny fighter against corruption? A victim of the regime? Platoshkin and Grudinin did not take anyone out into the street and did not shoot films about "palaces". So why are they being crushed?
    In a dispute with the fans, I asked a simple question: "How does Navalny differ from the same Grudinin?" After all, both are against Putin. The country's development program after coming to power !! I was not too lazy to publish the program of Navalny and Grudinin for comparison. So I also complain: "Why didn't you show it before?" ......
    Putin is the "last century". The sooner he leaves, the faster Russia will start to go forward.
    1. nikolai.shupenin 15 February 2021 14: 31
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      will not help is not in the way of business is example china
      1. Mikhail Pushnov Offline Mikhail Pushnov
        Mikhail Pushnov (mikhail pushnov) 20 February 2021 16: 24
        +1
        I also think that Putin is just a wheel in the scale of governing the country .... All power is in the hands of those who have huge capital !! ..... And the overthrow of Putin will give little! You just need to change the system of relations between the leadership and the aligarchs! It was acquired by the Labor of millions of people!
  4. Dan Offline Dan
    Dan (Daniel) 15 February 2021 14: 23
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    The "bulk" project is being carried out by states, not some, albeit not poor, runaway swindler. Khodorkovsky himself, most likely, if he participates in this project, then exclusively as a performer, but not a director. MBH in a sweet dream will not dream of the possibility of managing the intelligence of Germany and the ambassadors of all EU countries. It's funny even to read this ...
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 15 February 2021 14: 42
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      Quote: Dan
      MBH in a sweet dream will not dream of the possibility of managing the intelligence of Germany and the ambassadors of all EU countries. It's funny even to read this ...

      Damn, I didn't write that. You wrote it.
  5. nikolai.shupenin 15 February 2021 14: 25
    0
    no guys will rule the country. do not hope.
  6. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 15 February 2021 15: 13
    +1
    Billions at stake: Who is behind the financing of Navalny

    - Yes, it is better to put the question like this: "Who is behind the underfunding of Navalny" ...
    - It is worth starting with the fact that Khodorkovsky ... - since we are talking here ... here ... here came about him ... is a criminal with a "political bias" ... - They caught him embezzling on a large scale ( once, in the days of the USSR, they could give the highest measure for this ... -shot) ... - and he urgently began to dress in "political clothes" and he had it ... - at least it turned out ...
    - And from Navalny, everyone immediately tried to grow something "oppositional" ... "political" ... - But things were going very hard ... - And Navalny has no money of his own (even stolen ones) ... "Seventeen Moments of Spring" by Y. Semyonov ... - And this literary Klaus was thrown wherever they were ... and to whom they did not slip ... - in the end they even slipped pastor Schlag ... - But this Klaus was very talented and acted independently (although he was voluntarily recruited and performed tasks) ... - And Stirlitz quickly realized that such an intelligent and perceptive agent would very soon expose him ... - And Stirlitz had to do dirty work (like a primitive hired killer) .. - personally kill this agent Klaus ...
    - Well, and with Navalny ... - everything is exactly the opposite ... - he has no money and "special mind" ... - this Navalny is not suitable for a "subtle game of politics" ... - All this scam with poisoning did not justify itself ... - the world community did not stand on its hind legs ... - And Navalny went to prison, sort of ... as a "political prisoner" to become an ordinary criminal there ... - And Khodorkovsky went to prison for that to turn from a criminal into a "political prisoner" ... - It's the opposite ...
    - But one way or another ... - who needs this mediocre "Klaus the criminal" ??? - Now just wait ... what "Stirlitz will do" ...
    1. isofat Offline isofat
      isofat (isofat) 15 February 2021 15: 41
      -4
      a. Verbal drawing - This is a description of images or pictures that have arisen in the mind of the reader when reading a literary work.

      b. Comic - adjacent drawings and other images in a semantic sequence.

      Irina91, Your way of presentation stimulates readers to draw verbal drawings, and you yourself determine the sequence of these drawings.

      It seems to me that this is how you are trying to communicate with the reality around you.
  7. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 15 February 2021 16: 33
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    Ha. It will come, then it will not fly, then it will chicken out, then it will not be chickened out, then a protege of the Kremlin, then the State Department, then one allegedly finances, then another ... etc.

    In general, this is all bullshit. Money loves silence ...
  8. Dimy4 Offline Dimy4
    Dimy4 (Dmitriy) 16 February 2021 06: 51
    -1
    Such a person may well try to turn the widow Yulia Navalnaya into "Tikhanovskaya-2"

    For that government in exile to organize? It is difficult to imagine her even as a simple doll on the Kremlin throne, it is necessary that NATO tanks were at the Kremlin. With the help of elections, such a figure will never get there.
  9. Volkov, Sable, blogger in a cage -
    They are all puppets
    In dexterous and strained hands ...
    ---
    Puppets will be removed from a string of long
    And falling asleep with mothballs,
    They will be folded in chests in the form of rags ...
  10. Peter rybak Offline Peter rybak
    Peter rybak (Patrol) 16 February 2021 18: 59
    -1
    Sergei, we know very well that Khodorkovsky was never considered "Putin's # 1 enemy". Yes, he hates Putin, but that's to be expected. Of the many oligarchs for whom the prison cries, only he sat down, and we know for sure why. V.V. At a meeting with ministers, Putin acknowledged the growing discontent of the people and blamed all the responsibility for this on the ministers themselves, they say, you are bureaucrats and crooks. The fact that the authorities recognize this very discontent is very important. Up there, they perfectly understand where this road leads. The statesmen who laid down their powers and heads on this road are well remembered. Navalny or Khodorkovsky are public figures, orators of liberal ideas that are hardly accessible to the average person. This layman is interested in bread and circuses. You need to meet your salary to feed yourself and your family, and on top of that - a zombie box. From there, they broadcast well that everything is fine, and in a senselessly endless series like Trace or Mukhtar, they show the work of valiant police officers.
    The average person is not interested in how much dough Sechin or Rotenberg have on offshore accounts. The layman missed Ulyukaev's landing, without understanding a damn thing. The man in the street just needs to be devoured in time. This is what the authorities are preparing for on the eve of the next elections. Along with tightening the nuts and clandestine judicial reform, the people will be thrown handouts from the master's table, one-time leftovers and so on.
    What Khodorkovsky or Navalny are trying to convey is clear only to 5-10% of the total population of the country. It is in this terribly low number of people that one can find echoes of sorrow for the dying homeland.
    Flashlights in the sky (at least one flashlight) are not a signal to fight. This is most likely a ray of hope, a thirst for change. There are very few of these rays, but over time their number will grow. Not because of Khodorkovsky or Navalny. Because of those who extinguish these lanterns with their reckless, boundless obscurantism.
    1. Elena Ushkova Offline Elena Ushkova
      Elena Ushkova (Elena Ushkova) 20 February 2021 11: 14
      +2
      All wrong. Khodorkovsky was jailed because he became insolent. When the billionaires were forced to pay taxes, Khodorkovsky began to behave insolently, to pretend to be some kind of fighter, it’s not clear with what. That is, he did not want to pay taxes. In particular, at a meeting with Putin, he drove a blizzard, they say you rip us off like a sticky man, and your ministers take a bribe from us like a bribe. That is, this sucker is completely dull. And he was told, if so, name the names and it turns out that since you throw such accusations, you yourself are participating in this. Do not forget that Khodorkovsky bribed the deputies, that is, he again corrupted them and offered the Americans to sell our nuclear weapons. So this jackal deservedly got it.
      1. isofat Offline isofat
        isofat (isofat) 20 February 2021 11: 44
        +1
        Elena Ushkova... Khodorkovsky, Berezovsky ... these lads in Ukraine frolic well now. If anything, the demand will be from the Bandera. In Russia they were not allowed.
  11. Elena Ushkova Offline Elena Ushkova
    Elena Ushkova (Elena Ushkova) 20 February 2021 11: 08
    +2
    And where did the post about Potanin go?) So, in Russia Navalny is financed by Potanin and Fridman in addition to Khodorkovsky. Why do you pass over this in silence?