‘Navalny’ Wins Oscar for Best Documentary and His Wife Issues Message of Defiance

“Navalny,” which follows the imprisoned Russian dissident Alexei A. Navalny as he investigated his own near-fatal poisoning in 2020, Won the Oscar for Best Documentary on Sunday, with his wife and daughter Navalny appearing on stage to deliver a message of protest.

Award recipient, Canadian filmmaker Daniel Roher spoke out against President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, and said he was there “because Aleksei Navalny is currently languishing in a six-and-a-half-hour re-education camp outside Moscow, and I would like to remind the world.” world that he was there.”

He then handed the microphone to Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya.

“My husband was in prison just for telling the truth,” she said. “My husband is in prison just for defending democracy.”

Ms. Navalnaya continued, directly telling Mr. Navalny: “I am dreaming of the day when you will be free and our country will be free. Be strong, my love.”

The focus on Mr Navalny comes during Hollywood’s most famous annual event, with last year’s TV show attracting 15.4 million viewers. Another family member appeared at the awards ceremony, Mr Navalny’s 21-year-old daughter, Dasha Navalnaya, told Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in February that she sees the documentary as an “escape from death” card, in which international attention to his plight will reduce the risk of him being killed in prison.

That documentary is NYT . Critics’ Choicepremiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2022. That February, Mr. Putin begin his all-out invasion of Ukraine. In March, a Russian court sentenced Mr. Navalny nine years in a high security prison on the crime of embezzlement of support money; he was jailed on charges of violating pardon terms following an embezzlement conviction in 2014. Europe’s top human rights court ruled that many of his arrests between 2012 and 2014 were Political motives.

Both judgments are seen internationally as attempts to keep the opposition leader and one of Putin’s most prominent critics, a man once considered a an international symbol of opposition to Mr. Putinbehind bars.

Mr. Navalny said in November that he was move to solitary confinement foreverlimit his interaction with the outside world.

In the movie “Navalny,” this dissident extracted an audio-recorded confession from a man he suspected of being involved in the August 2020 poisoning, House officials. White said US intelligence agencies had concluded that Russian security police agent poisoned Mr. Navalny. Have substantial evidence that the Kremlin was responsible for the attack.

Dmitri S. Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, said Monday that the awarding of the Oscar to “Navalny” shows “an element of politicization,” according to Russia’s state news agency, Tass. Mr. Peskov said that he had not seen the film.


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