Who is the only very prominent person in the Russian elites whom Navalny hasn’t gone to great lengths to criticize? Which major state-owned corporation hasn’t had an investigative dossier written about it by the Anti-Corruption Fund (even though an ordinary analyst at Sberbank’s investment arm managed to find no shortage of very suspicious things about its conduct)? Indeed, who is the only person in Russia apart from Putin who is widely rumored to be more powerful than Dmitry Medvedev, and as such, presumably capable of protecting someone who made a mortal enemy of the Prime Minister for exposing his corruption? And which Russian political faction would have a general interest in using someone like Navalny as a check on the ambitions of systemic liberals in general?
And just to think of all the unleashed passions and kerfuffles between “pro-Western democratists” and “Kremlin trolls” that Navalny has provoked over the years. If this conspiracy theory is true, that would be really, really hilarious in the grand scheme of things.