Last week, in an interview with Russian YouTube star Yuri Dud, there were many details about the life of the family of Russia’s most prominent opposition figure, and how the poisoning of Novichko feels.
But the interview did not cover everyone who might be interested, as it lasts almost two and a half hours in Russian.
In an interview, Alexei Navalny tells the moments before succumbing to poisoning. He had just completed what he believed to be a successful documentary on corruption in several Siberian cities ahead of local elections.
He looked forward to resting on the plane for at least three hours, during which no one could disturb him. He even planned a drink-watching of the animated series “Year and Morty”;. But first he made purchases at the Tomsk airport for Siberian sweets to return them to his children.
Navalny said that the poisoning by Novichko was not painful, the bit betrayed a terrible, uncertain sensation, as if you were going and meeting your producer.
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He has since attributed to his wife the fact that he spent it through this episode, a floral post on Instagram about what love is, written shortly after he woke up from his long coma.
Julia Navalna (Navalna is the feminine form of Navalny in Russian) was not only next to him throughout the coma, but she organized to suffocate him from Russia.
But before that, she learned in the early hours of August 20 that her husband had been poisoned.
Navalny’s 20-year-old wife used to receive calls with bad news, but it was different.
She was preparing to pick him up at the airport when he returned from Siberia that morning. Instead, she found herself rushing to the airport to fly to Omsk, where her husband’s plane made an emergency landing.
“The worst thing,” Navalna told Yuri Duda, “is to get on a plane and know it’s a four-hour flight, and by then you’ll be blocked from getting any information.”
One of Navalny’s aides, Ivan Zhdanov, flew with her, and Navalna said that although she was not a talkative person, she talked to Zhdanov throughout the flight – perhaps because of her fear, she revealed all sorts of family secrets.
She said she watched Zhdanov’s expression as he scrolled through his messages as they landed and allowed him to broadcast any news.
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At the hospital, “it was horrible to see Alexei and realize that the situation was worse than I expected,” she said. “And to see the fear of the doctors worrying about what they were telling me. I just kept thinking, ‘I have to get him out because they’re not going to tell me the truth.’
She believes that the combination of Western pressure, the press and the letter she wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin created the perfect storm that affected her husband’s release. In an interview, Duda and Navalny will play each other with a common product humor and irony about Julia’s trip with her husband in a box labeled “Biosafety.”
Joke aside, Dad asked her how she lives with a man who is constantly under arrest, threats and surveillance. Does she ever ask him to rest?
“Everyone always wants to hear me say it or hint at it, but no, I support what he does. I say it sincerely. It’s not just good words.”
Navalna said she would be disappointed if her husband stopped fighting for a better Russia.
After studying, she studied international relations and worked in a bank, but eventually gave up her career after marrying Navalny, realizing that his life would be stressful and political.
They have two children, a teenage boy, Zakhar, and a daughter, Dasha, who is studying at Stanford University. Navalna said that they never thought about trying to bring Dasha to the best school, but in the end they talked to so many people who were preparing their own children for greatness that they started pushing their daughter.
Navalny said they did not want to send her abroad, but simply wanted the best for her. She could have gotten to Hong Kong or even Tomsk, but according to him, unfortunately, Russian higher education institutions are not among the highest echelons in the world.
Dasha Navalna receives a scholarship, and her parents said they pay her a fee. Navalny earns about $ 70,000 from businessman Boris Zimin, who lives outside Russia and pays him for legal services. Navalny is a trained lawyer.
But he said that Zimin largely supported his activism, without making any complaints, and also set the bill for a flight to Germany for treatment. Navalny insists that it is at least transparent and will continue to be so.
He has to pay a medical bill in Germany, but he has no money. Russia has frozen his accounts, and he promises to be fully aware of who will help him get Charité’s hospital back.
“Do you know where Putin’s wealth comes from? He won’t even confirm the names of his daughters,” Navalny added.
Navalna shares her husband’s views, and he even suggests that she may be more radical, perhaps because she watched the treatment he received from the state.
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Navalna, like her husband, seeks to return to Russia.
“I’m not afraid to return to Russia,” she told Dudu. “We will absolutely return to Russia. The only thing I told Alexei is to be completely cured first. We don’t know what awaits us in Russia. If you are not completely cured, you may not be saved next time.”