Man Credited With Galvanizing Russians To Protest Is Yale World Fellow

Alexei Navalny is serving 15 day prison sentence.

Man Credited With Galvanizing Russians To Protest Is Yale World Fellow
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Man Credited With Galvanizing Russians To Protest Is Yale World Fellow

A man credited with galvanizing tens of thousands of people to protest Saturday against suspected parliamentary election fraud in Russia is a Yale University World Fellow. Alexei Navalny was arrested last week.

35-year old political activist Alexei Navalny has used his internet blog to expose corruption in Russia. He coined the phrase “the party of swindlers and thieves” to describe Vladimir Putin’s political party, United Russia. The New York Times describes him as “the man most responsible for the extraordinary burst of antigovernment activism” in Russia. 

Navalny spent several months at Yale last year as part of a special leadership training program called Yale World Fellows, which aims to create a network of global leaders. While at Yale, he published documents on his blog exposing alleged massive corruption in Russia’s state oil pipeline company. 

Navalny was arrested last week for helping to organize a protest against the Russian government and is currently serving a 15 day jail sentence. 

For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.