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From the Archive: Expert Opinions Podcast Interviews Matthew Murray about Alexei Navalny
February 19, 2024

As we contemplate the tragic death, on February 16, 2024, of opposition leader and political activist Alexei Navalny, the Harriman Institute would like to share this 2021 interview with Professor Matthew Murray, who knew Navalny personally and who was in a position to assess his anticorruption efforts professionally.

From the Archive

In the March 2021 edition of Expert Opinions, the Harriman Institute’s podcast with Eurasianet, Masha Udensiva-Brenner interviewed Matthew Murray (Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs) about Russian opposition leader and political activist Alexei Navalny, who had recently been imprisoned, and his transparency efforts in Russia. Murray started doing business in St. Petersburg in 1991 and became involved in business ethics and anticorruption efforts there. He got to know Navalny personally in the mid-aughts and also knows Sergei Kolosenikov, the whistleblower featured in Navalny’s recent video exposing Vladimir Putin’s alleged scheme to build a lavish palace on the Black Sea with Russian taxpayer money.

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Photo of Alexeï Navalny: Mitya Aleshkovskiy, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons