NAVALNY AGAINST PUTIN
Poison, Intrigues and corruption in Putin's Russia
Anna Zafesova is a journalist covering post-Soviet politics and social and cultural issues, with special attention to Russia and Ukraine. She worked as a Moscow correspondent for the Italian newspaper La Stampa. Now she is a Milan-based freelance journalist, contributing to various Italian, Swiss and Russian media and think tanks.
"The X-hour for contemporary Russia starts at dawn on 20 August 2020, when Alexey Navalny loses consciousness and falls on the aisle carpet of a low-cost plane in the sky of Siberia".
This may mark the beginning of Vladimir Putin's personal power's end. Certainly, it is the lowest and most difficult point for him in the last decade. The whole world now knows that Navalny was poisoned by a nerve agent from Soviet military laboratories, the Novichok. But the fact that he survived changes everything, and legitimizes those who are convinced that this false step has triggered a series of reactions that will lead the Kremlin towards a road of no return.
In this essay, Putin and Navalny are the two protagonists of a political confrontation - but also a cultural battle and a generational conflict - which thirty years after the end of the USSR could represent both a historical turning point and an epochal disaster for the Russian Federation. and his leader, increasingly isolated in his bunker while other internal powers try to replace him.
"Anna Zafesova confronts two men: the Russian President and the man who has dangerously challenged the regime. She studies them and bares them, with intuition, fluency and humor." _ Antonella Scott in Il Sole 24 Ore "In Navalny against Putin, Anna Zafesova traces the future of Russia and explains why Putinism is at an end". _ Elisabetta Favale in La Voce di New York