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Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny

Web-sites: http://navalny.livejournal.com/, http://navalny.ru/, http://rospil.info/

Alexei Navalny (Алексей Анатольевич Навальный) was born on June 4, 1976, in Butyn, Moscow region.

Education: Law, Peoples' Friendship University, 1998.

1999-2001: Studied securities and exchanges at the State Finance Academy

2000: Joined the Yabloko party

2004: Founded and helped lead the Moscow Defense Committee against infill construction

2004-2007: Led the Yabloko party in Moscow. From 2006-07, he was a member of Yabloko's federal council.

2005: Joined the Public Council of the Moscow's Central Administrative District

2005: Co-sponsored the youth organization "DA! - Democratic Alternative”

2006: Launched "Political Debates" with Masha Gaidar and Sergei Kazakov. The project organized public meetings with political figures.

2007: Launched the Narod (People) movement under the banner of "democratic nationalism"

2007: Expelled from Yabloko for "damaging the party and nationalistic activities"

2008: Founded the Union of Minority Shareholders and began buying up small numbers of shares in major Russian companies, including Surgutneftegaz, Transneft, Rosneft, Gazprom Neft, TNK-BP, Sberbank and VTB. He has since worked actively to improve transparency in these and other companies.

2009: Adviser to Kirov Governor Nikita Belykh, a former Union of Right Forces leader. Created a fund to support the governor's initiatives.

2009: Named Vedomosti's Person of the Year

2010: World Fellow at Yale University

November 2010: Published confidential Transneft documents on his blog, accusing the company of stealing $4 billion

December 2010: Launched the anti-corruption website "RosPil"

2011: Famously dubbed United Russia "the party of crooks and thieves"

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A lawmaker who levied charges of fraud against opposition activist Alexei Navalny's anti-corruption group has asked investigators to open a criminal investigation into the matter.

Who Will Be Thrown to the Lions Over the Ruble Mess?

As the ruble free-falls like a skydiver with a faulty pack two days ahead of President Vladimir Putin's annual press conference, it is clear that someone will have to pay.

Supreme Court Upholds Sentence Against Navalny

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the verdict handed down to anti-corruption campaigner and opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a high-profile 2013 embezzlement case, RAPSI reported.

Russia and Turkey Lead on Internet Censorship Growth, Survey Shows

Internet users in Russia and Turkey have been subjected to the greatest increase in web censorship over the past year, according to the latest Freedom on the Net survey.

Russia's Neglected Human Rights Activists

Human rights activists are facing persecution and harassment around the world, especially in Russia, and the West needs to stop looking the other way, write columnists Susanne Berger and Arne Ruth.

Is the West's Problem With Putin or Russia?

Does the West have a "Russia problem" or a "Putin problem?" Are we facing a resurgent Russia, one that was bound to react to mistreatment at the hands of a victorious West with violent self-assertion, or are we simply facing the aggressions of an egomaniacal former KGB officer?

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