Saturday, February 24

Navalny Returned to Penal Colony After Hunger Strike

Russian authorities have returned opposition leader Alexei Navalny to a penal colony.

 

The well-known opponent of President Vladimir Putin has recently been in a prison hospital because he went on a hunger strike while incarcerated. He wanted to enforce better medical care.

Navalny’s team reports on Twitter that the politician has been transferred to the penal colony in Pokrov, about 100 kilometres from Moscow.

He has to serve a prison sentence of 2.5 years because of a previous conviction in a fraud case. The opposition leader and his supporters say the charges were politically motivated.

Navalny has been sidelined in the run-up to September’s parliamentary elections due to his imprisonment. His supporters also encounter opposition.

Putin last week passed a controversial anti-extremism bill that is expected to be used to prevent some political opponents from running for office.

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