Levada Writes an Epitaph for Navalny

Alexei NavalnyLevada’s latest poll (Russian-language link) regarding Alexei Navalny is bad news almost beyond words. It is a political epitaph.

The stunning bottom line:  only 9.7% of Russian citizens both know who Navalny is and would consider voting for members of his political party as candidates for the State Duma. An overwhelming 67% of Russians who know Navalny would not vote for his team.

But there is even worse news for Navalny:  That 9.7% number is even smaller than it was one month ago. Then, 10.3% of Russian citizens both knew who Navalny was and would consider voting for his party.  Navalny is getting weaker, not stronger, as his name recognition is growing. While 51% of Russians knew who Navalny was a month ago, 54% do now.

As for Navalny personally, just 16.2% of Russians both know who he is and have an opinion that is somehow positive about him.  10.8% of those who know him have an opinion that is somehow negative, while the overwhelming majority of Russians either have no idea who Navalny is or know and don’t care.  49% of those who know Navalny have no opinion about him.

Levada didn’t ask its respondents whether they would consider voting for Navalny personally, but that 9.7% who would vote for his party is almost the exact share of the Moscow electorate that Navalny collected when he ran for Mayor.  It appears there is a glass ceiling over Navalny’s head around ten percent.

Navalny faces a whole new round of prosecutions by the Kremlin, and Putin has just upped the ante by actually seizing Navalny’s financial assets, the same thing that happened to Mikhail Khodorkovsky. This move will make it that much more difficult for Navalny to pay his lawyers and defend himself, and makes it clear that the Kremlin has Navalny firmly in its cross hairs.  It’s equally clear that Navalny does not have the kind of political support in the population that might serve to protect him from the Kremlin’s attacks.

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Russia is Hospice Nation

The City of Boston has four times more chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous than the entire nation of Russia.   Yet Russians drink 70% more alcohol per person than Bostonians do, and have a far more serious problem with alcohol fatalities than just about any other country in the world:  As just one example, more than half the children in a typical Russian orphanage suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome.

Russia’s horrific problem of alcoholism combined with its childish refusal to even try to address the problem is typical for this basket case of a country, and a clear reason why Russia doesn’t rank in the top 125 nations of the world for life expectancy.

But, the Russophile hoards will scream, that story was reported by the Boston Globe, and as such it is confirmation of nothing other than rabid Western racism against Russians!

How would the Russophile hoards explain, than, Elizaveeta Aleksandrova-Zorina’s most recent article in one of Russia’s most widely-read daily newspapers, Moskovsky Komsomolets (“MK”)? In it, she concludes that Russia is “not a country but a hospice” because it ranks 175th in the world for physical security.  She writes: “Cancer at 30? A heart attack at 40? Those who live to 50 in Russia must be given an order, and for men, reaching pension age is more unachievable than the kingdom of heaven. Male mortality has assumed the dimensions of a national tragedy,”

Are these articles both part of some massive anti-Russian conspiracy?  If so, it’s the same conspiracy that was spotted by Stalin and Brezhnev, the same conspiracy that led Alexander Solzhenitsyn to be jailed and then expelled from the country to keep him from talking about it.