Watch ‘Navalny' – stream Putin nemesis’ documentary film today

Alexei Navalny pictured looking pensive at a desk in a darkened industrial room in the Oscar-winning documentary movie simply titled Navalny.
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"Navalny" is a 2020 documentary that follows late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as he unravels a plot to poison him with a deadly nerve agent. The movie won Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars and is available to watch and stream free on BBC iPlayer in the U.K..

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"Navalny" is available to watch on-demand on BBC iPlayer in the U.K..
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Hailed by The Guardian as "one of the most jaw-dropping things you'll ever witness", "Navanly" is a shocking 93-minute film that takes viewers inside the world of Vladimir Putin’s greatest nemesis.

The movie chronicles Navalny's life as he recovers from an horrific 2020 plot to poison him by contaminating his underwear with novichok, a gruesome Soviet-era nerve agent.

Undeterred, the cameras roll as Navalny tricks his alleged FSB (Russian secret service) attackers into admitting the scheme  – although President Putin has since denied any involvement. 

Navalny continued to oppose Putin up until his reported death in the 'Wolf Polar' Arctic Circle penal colony, where he was serving a 19-year prison sentence for "extremism".

If you want to see Navalny's inspiring activism for yourself, here's how to watch "Navalny" online.

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Watch 'Navalny' online FREE in the U.K.

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"Navalny" originally aired as part of the BBC's award-winning Storyville documentary strand. It is currently available to stream for FREE on BBC iPlayer right now, along with other brilliant documentaries including The Space Shuttle That Fell to Earth.

It's totally free to view, provided you have a TV license of course. Abroad? You can always use a VPN to watch BBC iPlayer from anywhere, as if you were at home.

Watch 'Navalny' from anywhere

How to watch 'Navalny'  from anywhere in the world

If you're fortunate enough to live in the U.K., you can watch "Navalny" for FREE on BBC iPlayer.

But what if you're usually based in the U.K. but are visiting the U.S. right now? Perhaps, you're on holiday and don't want to spend money on a paid streaming service in a foreign country when you'd usually be able to watch for free at home.

Don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We'll show you how to do that below. Our favorite VPN service right now is ExpressVPN, but you'll find others in our best VPN services list.


Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance, if you're in the U.S. and want to view BBC iPlayer, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to BBC iPlayer and watch "Navalny" for free, on catch-up.

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Where to watch 'Navalny' online in the U.S. 

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Americans can stream the Alexei Navalny documentary on Max right now.

CNN and CNN International have announced they will air an 'encore' of the "Navalny" documentary on Saturday, February 17 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

If you're outside of the U.S., visiting the U.K., you can watch the "Navalny" online now by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

Americans can watch Oscar-winning doc "Navalny" on Max.

If you're outside of the U.S., visiting the U.K., you can watch the "Navalny" online now by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

Can I watch 'Navalny' online in Australia?

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Yes, "Navalny" is available to rent on Apple TV in Australia for AU$4.99.

Traveling outside the U.K.? Don't worry — you can watch "Navalny" for free on BBC iPlayer with a VPN. Our favorite VPN service right now is ExpressVPN, but you'll find others in our best VPN services list.

What to know about Alexei Navalny

Who was Alexei Navalny?

Alexei Anatolyevich Navalny ( was a Russian opposition leader, anti-corruption lawyer, activist and, during his latter years, a political prisoner. He led the Russia of the Future party and in 2021 was designated a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International.

What happened to Alexei Navalny? When did he die?

News of Alexai Navalny's death shocked the world on Friday, February 16 2024. Navalny, 47, reportedly died in the Polar Wolf Arctic Circle penal colony where he was servicing a 19-year jail sentence for "extremism" and "embezzlement", amongst other crimes. 

According to authorities he began to feel unwell and "almost immediately lost consciousness". U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that if the reports are accurate, "his death in a Russian prison and the fixation and fear of one man only underscores the weakness and rot at the heart of the system that Putin has built".

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