Russian opposition leader Navalny sent to tiny one-man cell

MOSCOW: Russian opposition leader jailed Alexei Navalny he has been transferred to a one-man cell, according to a Thursday post on his social media account.
Navalny was placed in solitary confinement, also called a “punishment cell,” on November 1, but was only able to stay there for 15 days, according to the post on his Instagram account.
He said his new confinement is “a normal narrow cell, like the punishment cell, except you can have not one but two books and use the prison kiosk, albeit on a very limited budget.”
Navalny, 46, the most prominent enemy of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is serving a nine-year sentence in a maximum-security prison 250 kilometers (150 miles) east of Moscow.
He was arrested in January 2021 after returning from Germany, where he had been recovering from a nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. He received a two and a half year sentence for probation violation and was sentenced this year to nine years for fraud and contempt of court.
He rejects the charges as politically motivated, a stance endorsed 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 latest prison sentence, Navalny was the driving force behind an anti-corruption site that exposed alleged wrongdoing by top Russian officials.


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