Published:  10:04 AM, 18 March 2023

Navalny thankful for Oscar, praises people opposing war

Navalny thankful for Oscar, praises people opposing war
Jailed Russian dissident Alexei Navalny on Wednesday praised people who stand up against dictatorship and war, while thanking the team that made an Oscar-winning film about his 2020 poisoning.

The movie that won the best documentary feature award at the Oscars ceremony, retraces Navalny's political rise, his poisoning which he blames on the Kremlin, and his subsequent arrest, AFP reports.

"I dedicate my entire contribution to this film to honest and courageous people across the world who day after day find the strength to confront the monster of dictatorship and its constant companion, war," Navalny said on Twitter.

"I am, of course, terribly glad, but while rejoicing, I try not to forget that it wasn't me who won the Oscar," he said.
He thanked the team who made the movie inlcuding Canadian director Daniel Roher, Navalny's long-time ally Maria Pevchikh and Bellingcat investigative journalist Christo Grozev.

Navalny also thanked his wife Yulia, who was in Hollywood for the Oscars ceremony on Sunday.
He was arrested in January 2021 upon returning from Germany, where he had recovered from the infamous poison attack.
The 46-year-old learned about the film prize from his lawyer, who told him via video-link during a court case.
"I had a very strange feeling at that moment," Navalny said.

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