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Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny


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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Activist, Lawmaker, Pilot Feature on New List of Russian Political Prisoners

Leading Russian human rights group Memorial has updated its list of political prisoners to include a federalization activist and a Ukrainian pilot.

Navalny, Khodorkovsky Join Forces to Honor Anti-Graft Crusaders

Opposition activist Alexei Navalny and self-exiled former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky will begin awarding anti-corruption campaigners generously in 2015.

Navalny Wins Court Case Against Federal Media Watchdog

Opposition activist Alexei Navalny announced his victory Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging the Russian federal media watchdog's refusal to register his news outlet as an official media outlet.

Authorities Search Apartment of Russian Opposition Politician Maria Gaidar

Unidentified officers raided the Moscow home of Maria Gaidar on Monday morning, the longtime opposition politician and social activist said.


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