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Who was Alexei Navalny? | BBC News

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Alexei Navalny was long the most prominent face of Russian opposition to President Vladimir Putin.

The 47-year-old blogger had survived poisoning attempts and years in some of Russia's most notorious jails, after his group had exposed corruption at almost every level of the Russian state - frequently targeting President Putin himself.

Even from behind bars, unable to challenge the president at the ballot box, his voice had retained power.

But in February 2024, it fell silent. According to the prison service, he had gone for a walk when he lost consciousness and died.

In the immediate aftermath, the Kremlin simply said that it was aware of his death, and the president had been informed.

Across the world, however, there was shock and anger, as tributes were paid to a man who some said gave his life standing up to Russia's all-powerful leader.

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