Lithuanian Officials Attribute Hammer Attack on Alexei Navalny’s Ally to Russian Aggression

An ally of the late Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, Leonid Volkov, was assaulted in a hammer attack in Vilnius, Lithuania. Volkov, who was left with a broken arm and injured legs, directly blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the attack. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda confirmed the assault was pre-planned and associated it with political activism, expressing a message to Putin that nobody in Lithuania is afraid of him. The incident raises concerns among Navalny’s team, many of whom relocated to Lithuania for safety reasons.

  • Leonid Volkov, an ally of Alexei Navalny, was attacked with a hammer in Vilnius, Lithuania, resulting in a broken arm and leg injuries.
  • Volkov accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of orchestrating the assault.
  • Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda stated the attack was planned and related to Volkov’s political activities.
  • The incident has heightened concerns for the safety of Navalny’s team, who have sought refuge in Lithuania due to safety concerns in Russia.
  • The attack on Volkov occurred weeks after Navalny’s own death in a Russian prison and days before Russia’s elections, which lack genuine opposition to Putin.
  • Navalny’s supporters are urged to protest on Election Day in Russia by showing up at polling stations to demonstrate opposition to Putin.
  • The attack underscores the broader issue of political repression in Russia, where opposition figures are often imprisoned or forced into exile.

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