The BBC has posted a brief interview with Alexei Navalny, in which the activist and increasingly popular opposition figure says he was surprised by how much the opposition movement has grown in the past two months, underscored the importance of securing free and fair elections, and said that he planned to run for election once such a system was in place. He also had a particularly neat response to the interviewer asking him whether he thought that revolution was on the cards in Russia today.
‘The truth is that the criminal revolution was carried out by Vladimir Putin. He really usurped power in an illegal way. Vladimir Putin staged a revolution, and what we need to do now is to return the power to the people.’