Daria Navalnaya, Daughter of Alexei Navalny "I Started Seeing Agents Everywhere"

Her father was persecuted, poisoned and imprisoned. Now Daria Navalnaya discusses her experience during the attack on her father, what he wrote to her from prison and how she feels about the perpetrators.
Interview Conducted by Christian Esch
Darya Navalnaya during her interview in Strasbourg, France

Darya Navalnaya during her interview in Strasbourg, France

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Guillaume Chauvin / DER SPIEGEL

"People have to be able to see who you are and the values that you represent."
Navalny in 2017 after an opponent doused his face with an antiseptic, severely injuring one of his eyes.

Navalny in 2017 after an opponent doused his face with an antiseptic, severely injuring one of his eyes.

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"I opened up Twitter and saw how something had happened on the plane."
Following the poison attack in August 2020, Navalny was flown in a special transport from Russia to Berlin's Charité University Hospital for treatment.

Following the poison attack in August 2020, Navalny was flown in a special transport from Russia to Berlin's Charité University Hospital for treatment.

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"He couldn’t manage to speak two sentences in a row. It was terrible."
"I thought: If they do that in Russia, who is going to stop them from also finding dad in a German hospital and finishing the job?"
Alexei Navalny with his wife Yulia (right), his daughter Daria (left) and his son Zakhar.

Alexei Navalny with his wife Yulia (right), his daughter Daria (left) and his son Zakhar.

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"He doesn’t run away from his problems."
Navalny during a video hearing in court at the beginning of December

Navalny during a video hearing in court at the beginning of December

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"We only get to visit him a few times a year, and that makes me sad."