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Putin reveals Navalny was to be swapped

Russian president said he was ready to exchange the opposition politician for some Russians held by the West.

Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny, who died in Russian prison, was to be swapped for some Russian prisoners held in the West, President Vladimir Putin has revealed.

Speaking to supporters on Sunday, Putin said that senior Russian officials had floated the idea of a prisoner swap with the West a few days before Navalny’s death. The latter died in February at the Polar Wolf colony inside the Arctic Circle, where he was serving a lengthy sentence on a number of charges, including those stemming from a fraud case.

The person who talked to me did not even finish the phrase. I said ‘I agree.’ But what happened happened.

The president did not mention which or how many jailed Russian citizens were to be exchanged. He noted that the only condition for the swap would have been that Navalny would not return to the country and stay in the West.

The Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), an NGO formerly headed by Navalny, has previously claimed that the opposition figure was to be swapped for Vadim Krasikov, a Russian national convicted of murder in Germany in late 2021, and that talks on this were “at the final stage.” Maria Pevchikh, the current head of FBK, has also claimed that Navalny was killed to prevent the swap. Moscow has rejected all accusations on the matter, calling for patience until the end of the investigation.

Putin’s comments come as he secured a landslide victory in the presidential election, securing his fifth term in office with an estimated 87% share of the votes amid a 74 percent turnout, according to the Central Election Commission.

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Source:RT News

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  1. If Putin wanted Navalny dead he would have been dead a lot earlier than his recent demise, it appears that he died from the jab, for an example of the Russian system look at Khodorovsky, in October 2003, he was arrested by Russian authorities and charged with fraud, in May 2005, he was found guilty and sentenced to nine years in prison. Putin pardoned him releasing him from jail on 20 December 2013.

  2. Poor old Navalny. A bit of a thicko, he just wasn’t up to playing the game. Never mind. Putin is back in for another 6 years in spite of western disapproval. Good.

  3. Did I mentiuon MI6 at all? The Brits and yansk would nopt want this swop to go ahead. The theory doing the rounds is that MI6 used poisen to take care of the problem.

    the thing is, I believe Putin more and more these days. The west is embarrassing themselves terribly.

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