Status: 10.12.2023, 17:27 PM
By: Maximilian Kurz
An older photo shows Alexei Navalny during a hearing before the Supreme Court. © Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP/dpa
The team of imprisoned system critic Alexei Navalny expresses deep concern, as they have not received any sign of life from him for several days.
Moscow – According to media reports, contact with Putin's opponent Navalny has been completely broken off. For five days, the detainee's lawyer has been trying to contact him in the detention centre. This is reported by the news agencies dpa and Reuters, among others.
Kira Yarmysh, Alexei Navalny's spokeswoman, told the German Press Agency on Saturday that there is still no news regarding the detainee's condition. For five days, Navalny's lawyer has been trying unsuccessfully to contact the prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the prison camp. The lawyer's access to Navalny is denied. Navalny's team first expressed concern on Friday when the opposition activist unexpectedly did not attend a court hearing via video.
The employees of the prison service justified the lack of video connection with a power failure. Concerns about Navalny's condition intensified after he suffered a fainting spell in his cell last week.
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"We learned that he had a serious health incident last week. Navalny's life is in grave danger. He is currently in complete isolation," wrote Maria Pevchikh, chairwoman of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation.
Navalny's spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, said prison staff put him on a drip last week after he suffered a dizzy spell. "Now it's the third day we don't know where he is. Before that, there were at least occasional letters from him, albeit censored ones, but there have been no letters for a week," she wrote on X.
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Navalny is in a penal camp in the city of Kovrov. It is located in the Vladimir region, about 260 kilometers east of Moscow. He had been sentenced to 19 years in a penal colony and is internationally classified as a political prisoner. Many critics of the Russian president have to fight for their survival in prison today.
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