Russian soldiers block the street during a demonstration in St Petersburg on January 31 against the detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny was detained upon his arrival in Moscow last month after receiving treatment in Germany following a near-fatal assassination attempt. Photo: DPA Russian soldiers block the street during a demonstration in St Petersburg on January 31 against the detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny was detained upon his arrival in Moscow last month after receiving treatment in Germany following a near-fatal assassination attempt. Photo: DPA
Russian soldiers block the street during a demonstration in St Petersburg on January 31 against the detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny was detained upon his arrival in Moscow last month after receiving treatment in Germany following a near-fatal assassination attempt. Photo: DPA
Danil Bochkov
Opinion

Opinion

Danil Bochkov

How Western reaction to Navalny arrest and protests fuels Russian fear of ‘colour revolution’

  • The show of popular discontent indicates shared opposition to the state, with calls to liberate Russia and end corruption and violence by security forces
  • Moscow and Beijing’s shared global vision will intensify their opposition to ‘colour revolutions’ and foreign interference, while reinforcing their friendship

Russian soldiers block the street during a demonstration in St Petersburg on January 31 against the detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny was detained upon his arrival in Moscow last month after receiving treatment in Germany following a near-fatal assassination attempt. Photo: DPA Russian soldiers block the street during a demonstration in St Petersburg on January 31 against the detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny was detained upon his arrival in Moscow last month after receiving treatment in Germany following a near-fatal assassination attempt. Photo: DPA
Russian soldiers block the street during a demonstration in St Petersburg on January 31 against the detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny was detained upon his arrival in Moscow last month after receiving treatment in Germany following a near-fatal assassination attempt. Photo: DPA
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Danil Bochkov

Danil Bochkov

Danil Bochkov is an expert at the Russian International Affairs Council. He gained his master of economics at MGIMO-University under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and a bachelor's degree in foreign regional studies at the Institute of Business Studies (IBS-Moscow). He also has a master's degree in world economy from the University of international Business and Economics (UIBE, Beijing)