Navalny belatedly reacts to Oscar win for documentary from prison

On Wednesday, imprisoned Russian dissident Alexei Navalny praised all who resist dictatorship and war while thanking the team that made the Oscar-winning film about his 2020 poisoning.

“I dedicate my entire contribution to this film to the honest and courageous people around the world who, day after day, find the strength to face the monster of dictatorship and its constant companion, war,” Navalny said in a statement. Tweeter.

“I am, of course, terribly happy, but while rejoicing, I try not to forget that it was not me who won the Oscar,” he said.

He thanked the production team, including Canadian director Daniel Roher, longtime Navalny ally Maria Pevchikh and Bellingcat investigative reporter Christo Grozev.

Navalny also thanked his wife Yulia, who was in Hollywood for the Academy Awards on Sunday.

The 46-year-old described how he learned of the documentary’s triumph despite his isolation in a penal colony.

“As usual, the cell radio came on at 5 a.m. At 6 a.m….they talked in detail about all the Oscar winners except Best Documentary. I thought that it was a good sign,” Navalny wrote. in a 12-part yarn.

He eventually learned for sure of the Oscar win from his lawyer, who later told him via video link during a court appearance.

“I had a very strange feeling at that moment,” Navalny said.

“It felt like those words didn’t even belong in this world, but, on the other hand, everything here is so weird and crazy that it feels like it’s the only world they belong to. “

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