Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya arrested in Protests. Link to her Instagram with picture of arrest in comments : worldnews
It was an image that crystallized last weekend's news. Yulia Navalnaya, the tall, blonde 44-year-old woman of Russia's most prominent opposition leader, hugs her husband at border control in a moment of cruelty and tenderness. The two had come home and understood the risks of returning to the lair of unsuccessful assassins – and the likelihood of a prolonged separation.
To describe the chapters of the couple's last five months as Shakespeare risks the genre being undercut. To recap, first came the attack by a military-grade nerve agent. Then the luck of a quick-thinking pilot and first aider. The agonizing days of local bureaucrat veiling. The drama of evacuation and the miracle of recovery. An investigation and a phone call incriminated Kremlin agents.
For many, however, it was exactly that, a "Romeo and Juliet" repeated. Yulia Navalnaya's passionate defense of her husband every step of the way – from addressing lying chief doctors to the siege of Vladimir Putin to facilitate the evacuation of her husband – drew the emotions of many compatriots in ways they have not been before . Her normally hard-shelled spouse was the first among them. "Love heals and brings them back to life," wrote Aleksey in a post-recovery ode. "Yulia, you saved me and made her write that in the neuroscience textbooks."