Alexei Navalny was the subject of the 2022 Oscar-winning documentary NAVALNY, part of the Journeys in Film collection.

We are deeply saddened to learn that Russian anti-corruption campaigner and outspoken Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is dead. Navalny died as a political prisoner in a Siberian penal colony on February 16, 2024.

Journeys in Film had the privilege of creating teaching resources for Oscar-winning documentary NAVALNY which chronicles Alexei Navalny’s life. NAVALNY speaks to a world transformed by Russia, its war in Ukraine, and the growing and treacherous threat of authoritarianism around the world.

Our Navalny Learning Guide and our Navalny Discussion Guide, like all of our education resources, are available to the public for free. Educators and community groups may find these materials helpful to accompany viewings of the film as you discuss current events.

As Putin’s brand of authoritarianism wreaks havoc on the world, the urgency of the message of NAVALNY is more critical than ever. For this is not just the story of Alexei Navalny and Russia, but a rallying cry to remind the world of the importance of free speech and a free press to counter dictatorship and uphold democracy. “Evil is only able to proliferate if good people do nothing, so don’t be inactive,” Navalny warns at the end of the film.

Our hearts go out to the Navalny family and their loved ones.

Still photograph from the 2022 documentary "Navalny", showing Alexei Navalny, a slim, middle-aged Russian white man with sandy brown hair, seated at a table. He wears a blue cardigan over a button up shirt. His hands are crossed in front of him. His head is tilted and he looks directly at the camera. Text says: "Alexei Navalny 1976-2024".