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Putin Foe Navalny Revives Protest Movement on Anti-War Platform

  • Jailed opposition leader’s aides see ‘unique’ opportunity
  • New national network will function clandestinely, they say
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny on a screen at the Moscow City Court via a video link from his prison colony, on May 24, 2022. 

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny on a screen at the Moscow City Court via a video link from his prison colony, on May 24, 2022. 

Photographer: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Top aides to jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny said they’re restarting a national protest movement to capitalize on growing discontent over the war in Ukraine.

“It’s a unique situation which hasn’t existed for the last few years,” said Ivan Zhdanov, a Navalny lieutenant, in a video posted on YouTube on Tuesday. “The sleeping majority woke up. Putin woke it up himself.”