The case on poisoning of the biggest Russian opposition activist has been discussed by international media agencies for a long time. All representatives of democratic countries are convinced that it’s dangerous to carry out opposition activity in Russia. However, the opponent of the Kremlin’s regime who was almost poisoned with Novichok is still a subject of discussion. The main question is “Why did he survive?” In very deed, if the Russian secret services which are used to eliminating the regime’s opponents had aimed him as a target, he wouldn’t have a chance to get brought from a flying aircraft to a breathing machine. A similar case on another Kremlin’s challenger Arkady Babchenko that had place in Ukraine is brought up.
As it turned out, his “assassination” was a SBU special operation during which a Russian spy net was revealed and a real attempted assassination was prevented. Obviously, Navalny’s case is an identic spy game which is played by several intelligence services. The purpose is to discredit and isolate Kremlin on the international scene and to sabotage infrastructural projects in Europe that are significant for the aggressor. As a result, another important purpose was achieved except one we mentioned above. The Russian secret services were put in a situation that forced them to disclosure their methods. The authorities vindicate themselves and create more newsworthy events for accusations against Kremlin.
I think the use of Ukrainian experience by the US, UK and German secret services in the battle against the aggressor can be considered as a big victory of the SBU and other defence and law enforcement agencies of Ukraine. What’s more an operation like that proves European countries still support Ukraine and our battle against Russia for the sake of security in Europe. Navalny’s case is just a particular element of a large-scale work of the civilized world against savagery and dictatorship. The fact the Ukrainian experience is used in that work says a lot. For instance, it’s an argument we’ve been following the right way since the Revolution of Dignity.
I think this version is much more realistic and logical than the ones spread in the Russian segment of the web by a bunch of political commentators. For instance, Russian propaganda says Navalny’s ambitious teammates tried to eliminate him, suspects the Belorussian opposition, spread assumptions about an ordinary alcohol intoxication, etc. It’s supposed the truth won’t be discovered. The details of operations like that are used to being classified for many years. However, no doubt the Kremlin’s regime was seriously hit.