On February 4th, US President Joe Biden warned Moscow that the United States will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russia and defend American interests in his first major foreign policy address since taking office.
He, after all, doesn’t want to be painted as “Putin’s puppet.”
The entire scene is quite showing, with Vice President Kamala Harris sitting behind him as a sort of handler.
“I made it very clear to President Putin in a manner very different from my predecessor that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russian aggressive actions, interfering with our elections, cyberattacks, poisoning its citizens, are over,” Biden said.
“We will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russia and defend our vital interests and our people, and we will be more effective in dealing with Russia when we work in coalition and coordination with other like minded partners,” the president said.
Biden also lost no time to make a call out to his neo-liberal “bro-in-arms” Alexey Navalny, calling for his immediate release.
“Mr. Navalny, like all Russian citizens is entitled to his rights under the Russian constitution,” Biden said. “He’s been targeted for exposing corruption and should be released immediately and without condition.”
According to MSM, Navalny’s detention has sparked “mass protests” across Russia over the past two weekends.
“The Russian efforts to suppress freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are a matter of deep concern to us and the international community,” Biden said.
Pres. Biden speaks out against jailing of Alexey Navalny: ‘He’s been targeted for exposing corruption. He should be released immediately and without condition’ pic.twitter.com/qWpPBOPMKi
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) February 4, 2021
The Biden administration faces growing pressure to impose sanctions on Russia for Navalny’s alleged poisoning.
In case, however, the stern-talking-to by Joe Biden doesn’t work out, MSM is already attempting to construct a new narrative, having learned from the situation in Belarus in late 2020.
The New York Times released an article on Yulia Navalny, praising her.
“She assumed the spotlight following the poisoning of Mr. Navalny last August with a military nerve agent — an attack he and Western leaders say was ordered by the Kremlin. Issuing a series of public demands, she extricated him from the clutches of Russian officials so he could be flown in a medically induced coma to Germany for treatment.”
“I understood that in this situation, I am the closest person to him,” she later said in an interview. “I am the wife. If I fall apart, then everybody else will in turn fall apart. So, I pulled myself together.”
The stage is, furthermore, set: as the NYT reports – Yulia Navalny is “sometimes called the first lady of the opposition will take a more prominent role, or even enter politics in her own right.”
She is quite popular, much more admired than any other political figure.
“Already far more high profile than the typical Russian political spouse, Ms. Navalnaya has inspired admirers in Russia and beyond, supporting her husband throughout his rise to prominence, eyes wide open to the extraordinary risks. Along the way, she drew sexist attacks from state media caricaturing her as an overbearing wife.”
The only thing the NYT missed is basically announcing her campaign for the Russian general elections coming in late 2021.
It remains to be seen whether she will decide to take the lead while Navalny is in prison, “she had proved to her friends and supporters that she has what it takes.”
“Yulia Navalnaya is a unique flower” in an otherwise uninspiring lineup of Russian political wives, a commentator, Anna Narinskaya, wrote in an essay of her prominent role in recent months.
“It’s not because she is the wife of an opposition politician,” Narinskaya wrote, “but because she has so naturally united two difficult-to-combine elements — the position of the wife of an accomplished man and that of a woman who controls her own fate.”
Alexey Navalny may come out of prison, but maybe he won’t come out, and a plan is needed for both scenarios.
It would either be the “Golden Boy of Russian neo-liberalism” or “the First Lady of the Russian opposition.”
After all, NYT also pointed out that women are not duly represented in Russian parliament, and that is a grave mistake in the neo-liberal order.
“Women are now mostly sidelined in Russian politics, making up only 16 percent of the lower house of Parliament and just a few senior posts outside government roles deemed appropriate in Russian political culture for women, such as in the health or education ministries.”
Yulia Navalny is coming to change all that, as even Alexey himself said that she saved his life.
In the Berlin hospital, he emerged from his coma, confused, unable to recognize faces and hallucinating about doctors discussing replacing his legs with prosthetics. “It was like ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,’” he said in an interview with Yury Dud on a popular YouTube channel.
“Finally, I sensed, I understood, that this was Yulia coming to me, adjusting my pillow, and this was important to me,” he said. “I waited for her all the time.” He added, “I am incredibly grateful.”
In conclusion, and in short, make way for the new top candidate of the neo-liberal elites.
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