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Aleksei Navalnyi addressed thousands as he spoke out against Prime Minister Putin (photo: dpa)

Russia presidential election: Aleksei Navalnyi - outspoken blogger and Kremlin nightmare

Aleksei Navalnyi, the youthful, blond, idealistic blogging lawyer, has become the talisman for a growing movement of change which is unsettling the Kremlin and Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. On Day 8 of a 10-day mini series on the Russian election GIS considers that beyond Mr Navalnyi's calls to crush corruption and his urging honesty in government, his platform is vague. Mr Navalnyi's strength, however, lies in mobilising a groundswell of anti-Putin feeling.

ALEKSEI Navalnyi is the most intriguing figure to have emerged out of the current wave of protests demanding honest elections.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
It was he who branded United Russia, Mr Putin’s party of power, as a ‘party of crooks and thieves’
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