As the project nears completion, a few ideas have been tossed around that do not involve stopping it cold and the train wreck that ensues. Another idea that could be realized in conjunction with the first proposal would be to charge a special tax – we at New Europe are calling it the “Navalny Tax”, in reference to the political prisoner and leader of Russia’s anti-Putin opposition, Alexey Navalny – on all gas delivered via Nord Stream-2. On that one, the real work is for the lawyers and diplomats. EPA-EFE/FABIO FRUSTACI
The nearly complete Nord Stream-2 pipeline may not be the perfect storm, but it does present Washington and Berlin with a list of terrible options. Navalny was detained after his arrival to Moscow from Germany on 17 January 2021.
Again, more work for the lawyers and diplomats. By New Europe
The European political newspaper
epa08963958 A view of a large poster depicting Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny behind bars with a dove freeing him from detention, by an unidentified street artist known as Harry Greb, in downtown Rome, Italy, 25 January 2021. A Moscow judge on 18 January ruled that he will remain in custody for 30 days following his airport arrest. Navalny urged Russians to take to the streets to protest against President Putin’s rule. A US-EU foundation with precisely that focus could be established and at least partially funded from the proceeds from the Navalny tax. Much has been written about the near-fatal impact on the United States’ outreach to its European allies if the Biden Administration does what it believes is needed to block the project’s rush to completion, all in the name of reducing Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas supplies, and the potential for “weaponization of energy” that this project hands Moscow. One objective would be to make Nord Stream-2 less competitive than older pipelines.
What if guarantees could be worked out so that the countries currently receiving transit fees for Russian gas shipments would receive the same payments in the future, no matter how much gas is diverted through Nord Stream-2?
The second but critical objective would be to support democratization projects in and around the former Soviet Union. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Nord Stream-2: Why not establish a Navalny tax?