Navalny’s video “Putin's palace” grabs attention of millions

How and why it all began?

Alexei Navalny’s detention by the Russian authorities turned up bad for them so far. After his detention his inner circle uploaded a video which became an internet sensation overnight as it is watched by more than 75 million viewers half of which shared over social media platforms.

Navalny’s supporters turned angry, and it all resulted as protests all over Russia. Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Yaroslavl, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and many other cities are now under a curfew type situation since then. The protests have been recorded in more than 60 cities so far, and they are spreading into more of them. Angry protestors are getting more aggressive as detention of some of Navalny’s inner circle has been announced.

Putin's palace
The palace as shown in the video

What is the video about?

The video is an artistic imagination of an estate palace which is too big to be imagined by an ordinary Russian citizen. The video shows that how this palace is guarded, how it is managed and how luxurious it is indeed. Alexei Navalny claimed that the palace is a gift from the Russian elite to their “Godfather” Mr. Putin. He claimed that its cost is unimaginable as it is “A private state within Russia”.

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The region where the palace is located is highly secured by the FSB officials, it has its own passport control system, its own electric power and communication system and its own small population which consists of Russian business tycoons only. The palace consists of fancy bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms, a big glorious bar, a lavish green area and many security check areas.

How video erupted protests?

The video worked just like a fuel sprayed over an ordinary Russian citizen who is suffering from financial problems which turned worst because of COVID-19 shutdowns. People who are struggling to feed their kids, people who have lost their business and those whose small business is devastated are angry as they compare themselves and their miserable living conditions with the Kremlin’s elite, particularly Mr. Putin.

Protestors in Moscow
Protestors engage with policemen | Credits @SkyNews

What’s next?

More than 300 protestors are jailed so far, much of them are reported to be Alexei Navalny’s inner circle people. Much of the protestors are teenagers and small business entrepreneurs which are “too much angry at Mr. Putin” as stated by the Russian police spokespersons. The protests are spreading from cities to towns and from towns to villages even. The video has been removed from many social media platforms or banned, but it isn’t working well as video is already been downloaded saved by many on their gadgets.  Russian authorities are ready to free many protestors conditionally and are seen to tighten their control on many cities and towns. Many experts think that Alexei Navalny will be freed soon as authorities understood that his freedom would calm protests and protestors.

Dan Blake
The Gawker Contributor since 2020
New York