Only 9% of Russians have a positive view of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s work, Russian media reported on Tuesday.
A poll conducted by the reputable Levada Center revealed that one in four Russians even have a negative outlook of Navalny’s endeavors. The center quizzed over 1,600 Russian adults in both rural and urban environments in late October, according to the Interfax news agency.
Notably, 31% of people said they did not care either way, and another 31% told researchers they did not know enough about Navalny’s actions.
The 43-year-old activist serves as the leader of the “Russia of the Future” opposition party and is also the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK). The organizationhas faced repeated raids and investigations by Russian authorities after exposing high-profile graft inside the government.
Half of responders unaware of crackdown
Nearly half (47%) of the respondents said they had no knowledge about nationwide raids against Navalny’s foundation, which started when authorities opened a money-laundering probe in August. Russian authorities also labeled the foundation a “foreign agent” last month, according to broadcaster RBK.
Nearly one-third said they were in favor of the crackdown. While only 12% believed the aim of the raids really was to unveil a money laundering scheme, another 18% say that the government had to act against the foundation in order to protect the country from foreign meddling.
Only 18% believe that the government is attempting to suppress independent anti-corruption scrutiny.
Navalny has faced repeated arrests, investigations, physical attacks, and criminal proceedings, which he claims to be politically motivated. Last week, a Moscow court ordered him, his foundation, and ally Ljubov Sobol to pay 29 million rubles (€410,840, $457,000) each for libeling the Moscow Schoolchild company. Previously, Navalny’s group claimed the catering company was provided sub-quality food to pupils.
dj/rt (Reuters, Interfax)
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