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    Nawalny’s Death Before Russian Elections Is No Coincidence, Felshtinsky Says: “It Was Decided He Needed to Be Silenced”

    The decision to kill him before the presidential elections was likely made well in advance, Yuri Felshtinsky stated in a conversation with Michał Rachoń on Telewizja Republika, commenting on the assassination of Alexei Navalny by Vladimir Putin’s Russian regime.

    “Why did Putin kill Navalny?” Michał Rachoń asked his guest, Yuri Felshtinsky.

    “The regime and its lawgiver, the leader, is accustomed to killing its opponents in an effective and quite brutal manner. Let’s recall 2017, when Boris Nemtsov was killed. An attempt was made on Navalny’s life using Novichok. He escaped death then, but not this time. One must not be naive about what Putin is capable of, both within his own country and beyond its borders,” Felshtinsky replied.

    “The decision to kill him before the presidential elections was likely made well in advance,” added Felshtinsky, a personal enemy of Putin. He continued, “The issue with Navalny and the challenge he represented had been lingering for many years. It was evidently decided that he needed to be silenced.”

    Why is Putin capable of murder?

    In Felshtinsky’s view, silencing him in the manner Vladimir Putin did is “the shortest path to eliminating the problem.”

    “He remained the most well-known politician of the opposition, or let’s call it, the opposing side. And this posed a whole array of problems for the authorities. He was the most popular politician of the anti-regime side,” Felshtinsky recalled.

    After the poisoning attempt, the opposition figure decided to return to his homeland. Did Navalny return to Russia because he wanted to become president?

    “He was aware of the risks, but perhaps he considered that he might somehow emerge, appear on the political scene in Russia. Well, his life, his decision,” Felshtinsky concluded.

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