(es) Vienna. June 8, 2021
Imprisoned journalist and opposition leader Alexei Navalny has dedicated the Moral Courage awarded by the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy to political prisoners in Russia and Belarus. His 20-year-old daughter Dasha accepted the prize on his behalf: DW report (ENG).
Navalny joked in May that he had found happiness in prison. But his political future, like his life, is as precarious as President Putin can make it.
Leaders of designated groups are prevented from running for five years after a court decision to ban the group. It is evident that the main target is Navalny and his movement.
VTimes was founded by editors and reporters who left the business paper Vedomosti when its new editor-in-chief signalled he would clamp down on criticising Putin and stop the use of independent polling. The paper had been established, among others, by the FT and its former Moscow correspondent, AEJ member Tony Robinson.