Getting past multiple power-pack and thrilling movies, the documentary, directed by Daniel Roher, "Navalny" won Oscars 2023 for the best documentary feature film. Although a section of fans on social media did not agree with the decision to give “Navalny" the Oscars awards, the director pointed out on stage that Alexei Navalny is still living in prison as the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Daniel also used the Oscars 2023 stage to condemn Russia's infiltration into Ukraine and its alleged war crimes. For the unversed, “Navalny" is a documentary that follows Russian dissident and former presidential candidate Alexei Navalny. Yulia Navalnaya, Navalny’s wife who appeared on stage with Roher, said, “My husband is in prison just for telling the truth. My husband is in prison just for defending democracy. Alexei, I am dreaming of the day when you will be free and our country will be free. Stay strong, my love.”

“Navalny” was commissioned by CNN Films and HBO Max and was originally scheduled to premiere simultaneously on CNN in North America and the (now defunct) CNN+ streaming service. After Russia’s attack on Ukraine, Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the movie and gave the doc a national theatrical release. It is currently available to stream on HBO Max.

Who is Alexei Navalny?

Alexei Navalny is a Russian opposition leader, lawyer, and anti-corruption activist. He has organized anti-government demonstrations and run for office to advocate reforms against corruption in Russia, and against president Vladimir Putin and his government, who avoids referring directly to Navalny by name. Navalny was a Russian Opposition Coordination Council member as well. He is the leader of the Russia of the Future party and founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK).He is recognised by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience, and was awarded the Sakharov Prize for his work on human rights.

A user wrote, "JUST IN: "Navalny," the documentary about the imprisoned Putin critic Alexei Navalny, has won the Oscar for best documentary feature. This is a true profile in courage. His sacrifice for Democracy deserves this honor."

"“Film “Navalny” wins Oscar. #Navalny dedicates it to all political prisoners." wrote another user.

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