Memoir by dead Putin critic Alexei Navalny to be published in October

A memoir written by Alexei Navalny, a noted critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who died in a Russian prison in February, will be published on Oct. 22.

The memoir, Patriot, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf and will print half a million copies, according to a report by the New York Times. Navalny started work on the memoir in 2020, and it will cover “his youth, his rise as a political activist, his marriage and family, his political career as an opposition leader, and the attempts on his life and attacks on those close to him,” according to the report.

“This book is a testament not only to Alexei’s life, but to his unwavering commitment to the fight against dictatorship — a fight he gave everything for, including his life,” Navalny’s widow, Yulia Navalnaya, said in a statement. “Through its pages, readers will come to know the man I loved deeply — a man of profound integrity and unyielding courage. Sharing his story will not only honor his memory but also inspire others to stand up for what is right and to never lose sight of the values that truly matter.”

Navalnaya further wrote on X, “This is not how I imagined Alexey would write his biography at all. I thought we’d be around 80 years old, and he’d be sitting at the computer by the open window, typing away. And I would be grumbling about the grandchildren coming soon, telling him he’s busy with nonsense.”

She wrote that “after the poisoning attempt in 2020, everyone insisted, ‘Alexey, you should write a book.’ He just shrugged it off. What kind of biography can be written at 44? It’s barely halfway through life. He wasn’t rushing anyway — there was still so much ahead.”

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Alfred A. Knopf said the memoir will express “Navalny’s total conviction that change cannot be resisted and will come,” according to the report.

The book will also be available in Russian and will be released in multiple countries.

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