Moscow (dts news agency) – Former oligarch and founder of the Open Russia Foundation, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, considers the attack on Russian civil rights activist Alexei Navalny to be a diversionary maneuver by Russian President Vladimir Putin to support Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko. “I am convinced that Putin personally allowed his rough-hewn man, Yevgeny Prigozhin, to operate in parallel with the purges in Minsk. Alexei Navalny was poisoned on August 20 with the aim of distracting Russian society and warning the opposition “, writes Khodorkovsky in a guest post for Focus.
The attack on Navalny took place on “the eve of the actions across Belarus on August 23,” “which could have turned out to be fatal for the Lukashenko regime”. The events in Belarus served as a deterrent, extortion and propaganda, writes Khodorkovsky. The West has been shown not to interfere. The Belarusians and Russians should be made clear that they should not interfere.