The EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, has proposed naming a new sanctions regime directed against Russia after Alexey Navalny. Such a move would surely destroy the anti-corruption campaigner’s oft-stated political aspirations.
In fact, it’s hard to imagine the opposition figure would approve of the idea, as it would allow his critics in Russia to paint him as a tool of the West. While English-speaking and communicative with foreign journalists, Navalny, a Russian nationalist at heart, has always rejected any notions that he’s helping the US and EU further their objectives in the country – for instance, lending his support to Moscow’s 2014 reabsorption of Crimea.
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