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Navalny, ‘forced to sit under a portrait of Putin’

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(ANSA) – ROME, JUL 01 – Putin’s number one rival, Alexiei Navalny, wrote on social networks that in the maximum security prison of Melekhovo, where he was recently transferred, he works seven hours a day at the sewing machine seated ” on a stool lower than knee height “and during what the authorities call” educational activities “he must sit” for several hours on a wooden bench under a portrait of Putin “. This was reported by AFP and Nastoyashcheye Vremya, one of the websites of Radio Liberty. According to the AFP, Navalny described the new cell as “a prison within a prison” and his allies, including Leonid Volkov and Kira Yarmysh, called his new routine a form of “torture”.

Jailed on blatantly political charges, Navalny was arrested in January 2021, as soon as he returned to Moscow from Germany, where he had been treated for a poisoning caused by a deadly neurotoxin that had caused fear for his life and for which use the West suspects Kremlin intelligence.

At the end of May, a Moscow court upheld on appeal a nine-year sentence imposed in March on Alexei Navalny, also considered to be of political origin, according to which the opponent had to be transferred to a detention center under “regime” severe “, which worries his supporters very much.

The Kremlin is escalating its repression against the opposition: both the network of regional offices in Navalny and the Anti-Corruption Foundation have been declared “extremist” in Russia in a move that is undoubtedly considered politically motivated. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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