Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny in “severe” pain and his team in fear for his life, lawyer says

Imprisoned Kremlin Critic Alexey Navalny he is suffering greatly, his lawyer said Thursday after visiting him in prison, adding that allies feared for his life.

“He suffers from severe back pain and pain in his right leg,” lawyer Olga Mikhailova told Dozhd television. “They all fear for their life and their health.”

Earlier this month, Navalny was transferred to a prison about 90 miles outside of Moscow and placed in an isolation cell, his lawyer Vadim Kobzev told CBS News.

Supporters of Alexei Navalny gather in Berlin and demand his release from Russian prison
Demonstrators hold up a banner reading “NAVALNY LIBRE” as some 2,500 supporters of Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny march in protest to demand his release from prison in Moscow on January 23, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.

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Navalny was arrested on January 17 immediately after his return to Moscow from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from a Soviet-era nerve agent poisoning. His arrest sparked weeks of massive protests, with thousands of demonstrations on the streets of Russian cities, including the capital, where large crowds gathered in front of the detention center where he had been detained until last week.

Thousands of people were arrested amid fierce clashes with riot police.

Navalny was sentenced to two and a half years in prison last month for violating the terms of a previous suspended sentence. He has always dismissed all charges against him for political reasons.

Earlier this month, the Biden administration announced that it was impose sanctions on seven senior Russian government officials in response to Navalny’s poisoning and arrest.

Alexandra Odynova contributed to this report.


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