Support The Moscow Times!

The Kremlin Says Maybe Navalny Is Calling Himself a Nazi

Evgeny Feldman / AP

Earlier this week, a smear campaign against opposition politician Alexei Navalny launched online, and the Kremlin's official spokesman says Navalny might be behind it himself.

The mudslinging effort compares Navalny to Adolf Hitler, and depicts his nationalist views as extremist fascism. 

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, denied that the Kremlin is involved in the campaign against Navalny.

“I can't comment on this. The president's administration doesn't deal with such matters. It's not part of our agenda to make little videos,” Peskov said.

Peskov that speculated that Navalny himself is the one behind the video, which now has more than 2 million views on YouTube since Wednesday.

“There's a wide variety of opinions [on who's responsible], including people who logically believe that the ‘persons’ [Navalny] you mentioned could be behind the production of these videos. Just ask yourself the basic question: who gains from this?”

Russia's independent Dozhd television channel reported on Tuesday that the Kremlin was preparing a major campaign against Navalny, who plans to run for president in Russia's 2018 elections.

Government officials, who have long avoided uttering Navalny's name in formal statements and press conferences, reportedly plan to target the politician's young voter base online, the report alleged. 

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

Please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world's largest country.