OLIVER GHORBANIFAR: Seriously? The media is weeping for Alexei Navalny?

Recently, the mainstream media decided to rapidly increase its production rate—impressive even in the most uneventful of times—of sanctimony and cheap emotional blackmail. 

But this time it wasn’t to launch a variety of smears and half-truths in service of a banana republic-esque legal witch hunt against a former president to prevent him from running for president a second time. It wasn’t even to try and soft-pedal a wave of violent pogroms against middle America—which were'mostly peaceful’ of course—or to bankrupt them or drive them into mental illness via a series of arbitrary and brutal lockdowns. 

No, this time it was in order to work themselves up into a self-righteous frenzy over the death of a man—largely irrelevant in his own country—who American liberals are now trying to mythologize as a kind of Russian George Floyd. 

But who was Alexei Navalny, really?

Here are just a few of the highlights of his strange life:

Navalny, who was born in Butyn, Russia, on June 4, 1976, initially rose to a minor level of prominence for his legal career and dissident blog, which was derided by many at the time as being both racist and antisemitic. 

Navalny was a member of the liberal Yabloko party from 2000 until 2007, before co-founding the ethnic nationalist movement 'Narod.' 
He starred in two notable YouTube videos for the group: 
href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICoc2VmGdfw">one compared Islamic immigrants to tooth decay, and another pushed for 
href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVNJiO10SWw">gun rights to fight "flies and cockroaches" (by which he meant Muslims). Positions that would easily get him immediately canceled if he were to voice them in the United States today.

In August 2008, Navalny praised Russia's action in its short and victorious war, in which it crushed its tiny neighbor Georgia. 

He went on to join in three annual 'Russian March' marches alongside ethnic nationalists and other members of the Russian far-right.

In 2010, he was awarded a scholarship from the notorious Yale's World Fellows program, which has graduates directly tied to both the American deep state as well as the Soros-backed Maidan Revolution in Ukraine. 

Navalny soon encountered a series of legal problems back home in Russia.

Navalny was convicted of theft from the state-owned timber firm Kirovles in his first criminal prosecution. 

In 2013, he was sentenced to five years in prison for the crime, a sentence that was eventually reduced to merely probation.

Navalny and his brother Oleg had faced additional embezzlement accusations in 2012 for allegedly defrauding the Russian business of French cosmetics company Yves Rocher. 

The brothers were found guilty in December 2014, and Navalny once again got off with merely another sentence for probation. 
Relatedly, a close associate of Navalny’s, Vladimir Ashurkov, was secretly recorded requesting millions of dollars from a suspected British spy in the early 2010s in an apparent attempt to foment a color revolution in Russia.

Navalny's political career then finally peaked during the July 2013 election for mayor of Moscow.

Navalny managed to receive 27.24% of the vote but ended up losing to Sergey Sobyanin. His bid to run in the 2018 presidential election was denied due to his criminal background.

In August 2020, Navalny became unwell on a trip from Tomsk to Moscow and was flown to Germany for treatment. The doctors who treated him then went on to claim that he had been targeted with a 'Novichok' nerve toxin; however, Navalny managed to survive the incident in spite of suffering health complications.

It was this incident that really propelled him to fame in the western press, with liberals falling all over themselves in their rush to crown him as a potential martyr they could use to, once again, attempt to topple the Russian government.

Later, in 2022, he was charged with additional fraud and contempt of court and was then sentenced to an extra nine years in prison.
In August 2023, Navalny was sentenced to another 19 years in prison on allegations of inciting, funding, and carrying out extremist actions, as well as rehabilitating Nazi ideology.

He spent his last years as an ostentatious opponent of the war in Ukraine and also demanded that Russia enforce gay marriage upon its populace and pay reparations. 

In spite of his far-right past, Navalny’s drastic pivot makes sense—even if it was shameless and hypocritical—as he had obviously realized his fate entirely depended on currying favor with the American deep state and its various appendages in the mainstream media, who are militant about LGBT ideology.

The strange fraud that was Navalny’s life ended, however, on February 16th, 2024, when he died in a prison colony from what was reportedly some type of blood clot. The exact cause of his death is unclear, although liberals in the U.S. and Europe have wasted no time trying to pin it on Putin. 

At best, Navalny was a confused narcissist who managed to get in way over his head in a misguided quest for notoriety; at worst, he was an active tool of the U.S. deep state in its quest to destabilize eastern Europe in the name of spreading woke ideology.

In either case, he’s not a man any American should spend time weeping over.
 

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