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01 March 2024

King's experts offer insights following death of Alexei Navalny

The death of prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has generated headlines around the globe.

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The 47-year-old is understood to have died on 16 February while incarcerated at a penal colony in Siberia, with the Russian prison service claiming he collapsed after a walk.

No official cause of death has been confirmed, though many Western governments have made accusations against Russian authorities.

Coverage of his death and the likely political ramifications has been extensive in the weeks that have followed, with experts from King’s College London also sharing their insights with broadcasters and journalists.

Here is a round-up:

Professor Gulnaz Sharafutdinova spoke with the International Bar Association, Al Jazeera, and the Press Association about Navalny’s death, and was also interviewed by Sky News about what the death of Alexei meant for his wife, Yulia.

Dr Maxim Alyukov also spoke with global media about the death of Navalny, including Sky News and Business Insider. His work on opinion polling in Russia was also featured in an article featured in the Financial Times.

A report on Russian sanctions evasion co-authored by Dr Alexander Kupatadze was featured in an article published by BBC News.

The death of Alexei Navalny should be a “wake-up call” for the West, Dr Marc Berenson told the Evening Standard.

Professor Sam Greene also shared his views on the death of Navalny and the implications for the Kremlin in an interview with Morningstar, and in a piece he authored for the National Interest website. Prof Greene also spoke to the Japan Times about the Kremlin's efforts to suppress Navalny's influence in death, as in life.

Professor Michael Clarke wrote a piece for The Sun suggesting Navalny was killed on the Kremlin's orders.

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman was quoted in a piece in the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia about how his death shows Putin does not want any dissent in the run up to the Presidential elections in March.

Professor Ramon Pacheco Pardo spoke to Business Insider about Russia’s use of missiles from North Korea in its war against Ukraine.

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Gulnaz Sharafutdinova

Professor of Russian Politics and Director of King's Russia Institute

Samuel Greene

Professor of Russian Politics

Marc Berenson

Senior Lecturer, King's Russia Institute

Maxim Alyukov

Research Fellow

Ramon Pacheco Pardo

Head of the Department of European & International Studies and Professor of International Relations

Michael Clarke

Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies

Lawrence Freedman

Emeritus Professor of War Studies