Russian Opposition Politician and Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Has Died, Prison Service Says

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    MOSCOW (AP) — Alexei Navalny, the fiercest foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin who crusaded against official corruption and staged massive anti-Kremlin protests, died in prison Friday, Russia’s prison agency said. He was 47.

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    The Federal Prison Service said in a statement that Navalny felt unwell after a walk on Friday and lost consciousness. An ambulance arrived to try to rehabilitate him, but he died. There was no immediate confirmation of Navalny’s death from his team.

    Navalny, who was serving a 19-year sentence on charges of extremism, was moved in December from his former prison in the Vladimir region of central Russia to to a “special regime” penal colony — the highest security level of prisons in Russia — above the Artic Circle.

    His allies decried the transfer to a colony in the town of Kharp, in the Yamalo-Nenets region about 1,900 kilometers (1,200 miles) northeast of Moscow, as yet another attempt to force Navalny into silence.

    The remote region is notorious for long and severe winters. Kharp is about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Vorkuta, whose coal mines were part of the Soviet gulag prison-camp system.

    Navalny had been behind bars since January 2021, when he returned to Moscow after recuperating in Germany from nerve agent poisoning that he blamed on the Kremlin. Before his arrest, he campaigned against official corruption, organized major anti-Kremlin protests and ran for public office.

    He had since received three prison sentences, all of which he rejected as politically motivated.


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    lipale
    lipale
    2 months ago

    wrong headlines – Navalny was “murdered”

    Delray Beach
    Delray Beach
    2 months ago

    Bloodthirsty Tsar Pootin has murdered this man in the Arctic Gulag after trying to poison him. Global atrocity condemned by the entire Free World. And Trump says “let the Russians do whatever the hell they want to do”. Case closed.

    Larry Chism
    Larry Chism
    2 months ago

    Guy wanted to be a martyr, got his wish.

    Vindman is a traitor
    Vindman is a traitor
    2 months ago

    Trump haters trying to hide that after only 3 months in office he bombed the Syrian chemical plants , and Putin shut his mouth till Brandon was shoved into the WH.

    triumphinwhitehouse
    triumphinwhitehouse
    2 months ago

    navalny was a Nazi supporter which is why he supported the nazi kiev regime.

    bradley
    bradley
    2 months ago

    Why is everyone blaming Putin? Clearly the Zionist regime murdered this innocent man!