Russian opposition leader Navalny sent to tiny one-man cell

MOSCOW: Russian opposition leader imprisoned Alexei Navalny was moved to an individual cell, according to a post on his social media account on Thursday.
Navalny was placed in solitary confinement, also known as a “punishment cell”, on November 1, but could only be held there for 15 days, according to the post on his Instagram account.
He said his new confinement is “an ordinary cramped cell, like the punishment cell, except you can have not one but two books and use the prison kiosk, but on a very limited budget.”
Navalny, 46, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent enemy, is serving a nine-year sentence in a maximum-security prison 250 kilometers (150 miles) east of Moscow.
He was arrested in January 2021 upon his return from Germany, where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin. He was sentenced to two and a half years for a parole violation and this year was sentenced to nine years for fraud and contempt of court.
He dismisses the charges as politically motivated – a position supported by Western nations – and an attempt by Russian authorities to keep him behind bars and out of politics for as long as possible.
Prior to his most recent prison term, Navalny was the driving force behind an anti-corruption site that exposed alleged wrongdoing by senior Russian officials.


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