Staunton, April 28 – Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny says that Russia does not need federalism and should become a unitary state in which cities rather than the current federal subjects would be the fundamental political link between individual Russian citizens and the Russian state.
In an interview published in the May issue of the Russian version of “GQ” magazine, Navalny, who currently faces what many view as politically motivated criminal charges but who many believe will eventually run for president, laid out his views on this most sensitive issue (www.gq.ru/magazine/featured/40667_aleksey_navalnyy_byt_luchshim_oppozitsionnym_politikom_v_rossii_eto_ochen_prosto.php?PAGEN_1=4)
chaskor.ru/article/aglomeratsiya_-_mera_razumnosti_31791 as discussed at windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2013/04/window-on-eurasia-agglomeration-of.html).
echo.msk.ru/blog/gontmaher/845502-echo/ as discussed in windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2012/01/window-on-eurasia-navalnys-nationality.html).
The territory of the Russian Federation, he pointed out, includes many places where the Russian people have not lived from time immemorial but others have: “Tatars and Bashkirs, Chuvash and Mordvins, Chechens and Ingushes, Yakuts and Chukchis live on territories in which not so long ago there were no ethnic Russians at all.”
That justified the formation of the state as a federation. Gontmakher conceded that “it is possible that it was a mistake to split the truly ethnic Russian (Slavic) lands into numerous oblasts and krays … but the presence of national republics and districts is the only chance to escape from the imperial arrangement” that Russia had earlier and still remain a single country.