Alexey Navalny is the leader of Russian opposition and the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation. He has become well-known for his anti-corruption investigations against Russian state corporations and senior officials. Alexey participated in Russian presidential election in 2018, and in the course of the campaign he opened 81 regional headquarters all over the country. 41 of them are currently in operation, which makes his network the biggest opposition organization in Russia. In August 2020 Alexey was attacked with a Novichok nerve agent by Russian operatives and later sentenced to 9 years in a maximum security penal colony on charges of fraud and contempt of court.
Due to fabrications of criminal cases, he is now deprived of the right to participate in the elections, despite the fact that European Court of Human Rights annulled his sentences. Alexey Navalny’s YouTube channel, his main social media platform, has 3.5 million subscribers.