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"Extreme and terrorist": Navalny's prison increases the pressure on him - Walla! news

2021-10-11T18:08:38.292Z

Authorities are stepping up pressure on the imprisoned opposition leader, though he is no longer defined as a fugitive and will therefore undergo fewer rigorous inspections at night. Another case was recently opened against him, which could leave him in prison for another decade



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"Extreme and terrorist": Navalny's prison increases the pressure on him

Authorities are stepping up pressure on the imprisoned opposition leader, though he is no longer defined as a fugitive and will therefore undergo fewer rigorous inspections at night.

Another case was recently opened against him, which could leave him in prison for another decade

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Monday, 11 October 2021, 17:11 Updated: 17:38

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In the video: Announcing the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 (Photo: Reuters)

Russia's incarcerated opposition leader Alexei Navalny said today (Monday) that the Prisons Service had described him as an "extremist and terrorist", but ruled that there was no longer any fear of him escaping from prison.



In a post published by Navalny's lawyers on Instagram, it was stated that he had been summoned to a committee that voted unanimously in favor of changing his status. Its re-labeling indicates increased pressure from the authorities on President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic. He is serving two and a half years in prison for violating the terms of his release after being convicted of embezzlement, a case he says was sewn against him to thwart his political ambitions.



Navalny congratulated in the post on the fact that he is no longer defined as having a risk of escape, so the night checks of the guards will be less frequent and aggressive. "It's just that now there is a sign hanging above my bunk that says I'm a terrorist," Navalny added.



Authorities in Russia have not yet commented on the change in the status of 45-year-old Navalny. He was jailed after returning to Russia earlier this year from Germany, to which he was transferred for medical treatment following his nerve gas poisoning in Siberia in August last year.



The Kremlin has denied any involvement in its poisoning and claims that its treatment is the responsibility of the prison service. Putin is careful to refrain from mentioning Navalny's explicit name, while the regime has intensified repression of its supporters and political activities ahead of last month's parliamentary elections.



In June, a court ruled that Navalny's foundation was an "extremist organization" and in fact outlawed it. Law enforcement agencies raided the homes of many of its allies or restricted their movement. Some fled to exile outside Russia.



In addition, last month authorities opened a new criminal case against Navalny, who could leave him in jail for another decade.

Some supporters of the imprisoned opposition leader criticized the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov over the weekend, saying that Navalny was a more deserving winner.

Muratov himself said he was dedicating the prize to Nabalani.

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