Putin critic Alexei Navalny claims prison authorities designated him as a terrorist

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Prisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Monday that a prison commission had designated him an extremist and a terrorist, but officially no longer considered him a flight risk.

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Navalny said on Instagram That he was summoned before a commission that unanimously voted in favor of a change of status.

The designation marks a further escalation in official pressure against President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent domestic critic, currently serving a two-and-a-half year sentence in prison for parole violations he says Trump did to thwart his political ambitions. had gone.

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Navalny highlighted the announcement, saying that he welcomed the fact that he was no longer designated as a possibility of escape and that therefore less frequent and stringent night-time checks would be carried out by guards.

“It’s just that now there’s a sign on my cot that I’m a terrorist,” Navalny said in a post published with the help of his lawyers.

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There was no immediate confirmation from Russian authorities of Navalny’s change in status, and the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Navalny, 45, was jailed after returning from Germany earlier this year to Russia, where he was undergoing months of treatment to recover from being poisoned with a rare nerve agent, in Siberia in August 2020.

The Kremlin has denied any involvement in poisoning him and has repeatedly said that his treatment is a matter for the prison service. Putin avoids even mentioning his name.

Navalny’s movement received a fresh blow in June when a court termed his activities as extremist. Many of his associates have raided their homes or restricted their freedom of movement, and some have fled abroad. Last month Russia opened a new criminal case against Navalny that could keep him in prison for another decade.

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Some of his supporters criticized last week’s award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov, saying Navalny would have been a more deserving recipient.



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