Daria Kasatkina pays tribute to Alexei Navalny, Faces backlash for Anti-Russia stance

Tennis star Daria Kasatkina supports Alexei Navalny, faces risks for anti-Russia stance; previously refused to return due to safety concerns.

Daria Kasatkina Pays Tribute To Alexei Navalny, Faces Backlash For Anti Russia Stance

Russian tennis star Daria Kasatkina has drawn attention for her outspoken support of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader who recently passed away at the age of 47. Navalny’s untimely death, reportedly following a brief walk in his Siberian penal colony where he lost consciousness, has sparked international concern and condemnation.

Kasatkina demonstrated her solidarity with Navalny by sharing a heartfelt tribute from his wife, Yulia Navalnaya, on her Instagram story, featuring a touching photo of the couple. The tennis player’s public display of support has garnered praise from fans on social media, who commend her courage in speaking out against the Russian regime.

Reddit users expressed admiration for Kasatkina’s bravery in standing up for her beliefs, despite potential risks. One user wrote, “Very brave of her to continue speaking up!” while another remarked, “I hope Daria is fully aware of how risky her loud anti-Russia stance might be. She’s really brave.”

However, amidst the commendation, concerns for Kasatkina’s safety have been voiced. Fans worry about the potential repercussions of her outspoken stance against the Russian government. “I worry for her,” one fan stated. “At this point, everyone who has been following her knows where her morality stands and what she believes in.”

Navalny, known for his outspoken criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government, faced numerous challenges and dangers throughout his activism. He was a vocal advocate against corruption and endured several poison attacks, with his wife alleging the Kremlin’s involvement in his death.

Kasatkina’s activism extends beyond her support for Navalny. In 2023, she revealed her decision not to return to Russia due to her opposition to the war with Ukraine and concerns for her safety as a gay person. Facing backlash from Russian officials who labeled her a “foreign agent,” Kasatkina remains resolute in her convictions.

“It’s unsafe for me now, with the regime we have,” Kasatkina stated. “As a gay person who opposes the war, it’s not possible to go back. But I don’t regret it even 1%. When the war started and everything turned to hell, I felt very overwhelmed and I just decided, ‘Screw it all.’ I couldn’t hide anymore.”

As Kasatkina continues to use her platform to advocate for change and speak out against injustice, her courage serves as an inspiration to many, highlighting the intersection of sports and activism in today’s world.

Darya Kasatkina in 2024

Darya Kasatkina

9 - 6win/loss

26 year old
2024 Highlights

Now ranked no.13, the Russian played her last match on the 19th of February when she was defeated by world no.60 Lucia Bronzetti 7-6(5) 4-6 7-5 in the 1st round in Dubai (draw).

Presently, during this year the Russian has managed to achieve a composed 9-6 record. Darya Kasatkina’s most significant performance of the present season was reaching the final in Adelaide and Abu Dhabi.

Kasatkina's Record

Darya Kasatkina

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