Opinion polls suggest that a) most Russians don’t believe that Alexei Navalny was poisoned, and b) far more Russians think that his imprisonment is fair than think it is unfair.
Why is this?
I discuss various theories in my latest piece for RT, which you can read here. Possible answers include:
a. Russians’ brains have been addled by state propaganda.
b. ‘The slave soul of the Russians’, which makes them resent anything that represents freedom.
c. Navalny himself – just not a very likeable guy.
d. Navalny’s association with the liberal opposition, a group that, in light of the experience of the 1990s, is considered by many to be irredeemably corrupt, as well as lackeys of the West.
e. Crying wolf – Russians don’t trust the source of the story that Navalny was poisoned, i.e. the West. This may be due to the extreme hyperbole that Western media and politicians have used in recent years.
Take your pick as to which you think is correct.