Whodunnit in Siberia: Kremlin Critic Navalny Dies in Prison

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Alexei Navalny
Alexei Navalny

Poisoned Again, or Putin’s Last Silencing Act?

Remember Navalny? The man who dared expose Putin’s opulent palace, the one poisoned with Novichok nerve agent, the one jailed on trumped-up charges? Yeah, him. Now, conveniently “unwell” after a walk, he’s gone. The prison service’s tale of resuscitation attempts rings hollower than a Kremlin propaganda show.

The body is still warm, but the questions are already burning hot. Alexei Navalny, Putin’s most vocal critic, lies dead in a Siberian prison. The official cause? Unclear. The stench of foul play? Overwhelming.

The resounding question…whodunnit?

The prison service in the Yamalo-Nenets district said Navalny had “felt unwell” after a walk on Friday.

He had “almost immediately lost consciousness”, it said in a statement, adding that an emergency medical team had immediately been called and tried to resuscitate him but without success.

“The emergency doctors declared the prisoner dead. Cause of death is being established.”

“All necessary resuscitation measures were carried out but did not yield positive results,” the statement read. “The paramedics confirmed the death of the convict.” The Kremlin said Putin had been informed of his death but had no further information.

Navalny, 47, was last seen only a day ago, looking well and laughing during a court hearing via video link.

From Novichok to Silence: Investigating the Dark Forces at Play in Navalny’s Death

His lawyer Leonid Solovyov told Russian media he would not be commenting yet, although Navalny’s close aide Leonid Volkov wrote on X: “Russian authorities publish a confession that they killed Alexei Navalny in prison. “We do not have any way to confirm it or to prove this isn’t true.”

Speaking from prison, Navalny complained about the frequent fines he received while in a punitive cell in prison and asked the judge to send him some money “as my own is running out thanks to your decisions.”

His health was already deteriorating under prison abuse, and his isolation defied even Russian “justice” standards. To call this “natural” is like calling a rigged election “democratic.”

Within minutes of Navalny’s death being announced by the prison service, the international community hailed the courage of Vladimir Putin’s biggest domestic adversary.

Let’s not be naive. Navalny’s death reeks of a regime desperate to make a statement.

But which regime?

It’s all very convenient for Washington…

Craig Murry asks some very inconvenient questions… How would Putin benefit from killing Navalny now? This comes right after Tucker Carlson’s successful PR appearances brought Western pressure. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s support falters and Gaza reveals Western human rights hypocrisy. The timing makes little strategic sense for the Kremlin.

Yet the mainstream narrative allows no questioning Navalny’s martyrdom. All complicating context gets stripped away, events portrayed as orchestrated villainy without nuance. The possibility of other interests at play disappears.

Murry may expect hostile reactions by noting these oddities around Navalny’s death. But for sceptics of all ideological camps: ask yourselves – who stands to gain most from this suspiciously-timed heart attack in the far-flung Arctic? Consider all dimensions of power and access before deciding. Because the surface narrative may not capture deeper currents swirling beneath this foul deed.

Untangling the Web of Lies and Deception from Moscow to Washington

The world mourns, but it doesn’t trust. France calls it “paying with his life,” Norway demands answers, and Navalny’s allies see a “confession of murder.” Putin, the ever-stoic strongman, feigns ignorance. But the silence speaks volumes.

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said merely that Navalny’s death had been “reported to the president”, who was on a visit to the city of Chelyabinsk.

Navalny’s politics were nationalist pushing way to the far right. But partisan feelings aside, his imprisonment clearly violated basic rights.

This plays more into the hands of American propaganda, a clear cut story for Western Media that will run for days. While the hard pressed Americans are struggling to see billions in public money sent to the greedy war machine that is Ukraine, Biden hopes they will forget the images Tucker Carson showed while praising the free states of Russia.

However, for many more when it boils down to free speech and having the audacity to speak truth to power.

Navalny’s incarceration and following demise isn’t a mere tragedy; it’s a chilling message etched in ice. To every dissenter defying the iron grip of power, from Moscow to Washington, it screams: “Dare to raise your voice, and you might end up just like him.”

This isn’t some dystopian fiction; it’s the brutal reality unfolding under the watchful gaze of a New World Order, where dissenters become mere statistics and truth-tellers are silenced with chilling efficiency.

Navalny, whose opposition began in the form of an anti-corruption campaign, is the latest in a string of prominent Russian figures who have died while challenging Vladimir Putin’s rule.

His death comes just a day before the official launch of campaigning ahead of a new round of presidential elections set for March 15-17.

Putin oversaw changes to the constitution in 2021 that will allow him to run for two more six-year terms, meaning he could stay in power until 2036. Putin is already the longest-serving Kremlin leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, who died in 1953.

On December 8 Putin announced his candidature for re-election and is widely expected to win, given the lack of political alternatives and the Kremlin’s iron grip on the state apparatus. 

Former legislator Yekaterina Duntsova was barred in December from challenging Putin when the Central Election Commission said it was refusing to accept her nomination, citing errors in submitted documents that included misspelt names. 

Duntsova said she would appeal the decision at the Supreme Court and appealed to the Yabloko (Apple) party to nominate her as a candidate after the party’s founder and leader, Grigory Yavlinsky, said he would not be challenging Putin for the presidency. 

Duntsova has said she wants to see a more “humane” Russia that is “peaceful, friendly and ready to cooperate with everyone on the principle of respect”.

Another anti-war candidate, Boris Nadezhdin, was also disqualified from the vote. Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday rejected legal challenges to the ruling but Nadezhdin said he would appeal and file a further claim against the electoral commission’s refusal to register him as a candidate.

Putin’s Paradox: The Suspicious Circumstances Surrounding Navalny’s Death

Of course, the question is, if Putin had it so stitched up why expose himself with Navalny’s inconviniant death?

Navalny wasn’t just another critic silenced. He was the rare breed who returned to Russia after a near-death poisoning with Novichok, daring to challenge Putin’s autocracy. But the system has no place for such audacity. Barred from elections, convicted in a Kafkaesque show trial, he persisted from a broken prison.

Navalny’s return was a defiant act, a roar in the face of the bear. Yet, the bear struck back, not with poison this time, but with the slow, agonising torture of a broken prison system. Solitary confinement, and mental torture. Imagine the psychological torment, the physical toll.

Navalny joins the dissident ranks marked for erasure. Yet even as Western leaders decry his death, let them confront their own complicity. Julian Assange also rots under inhumane conditions for exposing inconvenient truths. “He is locked alone in a 6′ by 12′ cell for 20 or more hours a day — his reading limited and his mail censored.” “There are many, many hours in the cell,” -Stella Assange

Selective outrage rings hollow when the Persecution of truth-tellers spans continents. The methods shift, but the message echoes on: dissent and you will be crushed; reveal crimes of the powerful and be made a criminal. From Moscow, London and Washington, Gaza to Kyiv, the deadly pattern repeats.

This isn’t just about Navalny or Assange. It’s about the skullduggery of states it’s about every voice fighting for truth in a world choked by lies. It’s about reminding ourselves that silence is not neutrality, but complicity. Share this story, raise your voice, and let telling the truth be its own legacy. Let Navalny’s death and the incarceration of so many others not be just statistic in the ledger of silenced truth, but a spark that ignites the fight for a world where dissent isn’t met with an iron fist, but with open ears and open hearts.

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