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.


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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