Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Dies In Prison – Russian Agency

Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader, died Friday in an Arctic prison colony where he was serving a 19-year sentence, according to Russia’s federal correctional service.

Western governments promptly assailed the Kremlin following the death of President Vladimir Putin’s most ardent adversary.

Navalny passed out after going for a stroll and physicians were unable to revive him, according to the prison service.

“Navalny felt ill after a walk, practically instantly losing consciousness. “Medical personnel arrived immediately, and an ambulance team was dispatched,” it stated.

“Resuscitation measures were carried out, however the results were not positive. Paramedics confirmed the convict’s death. The reason of death is being determined.”

The 47-year-old was Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, earning a large following for his condemnation of corruption in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Russia’s Investigative Committee announced that it had launched an investigation into the death.

Navalny’s press secretary, Kira Yarmysh, stated that his staff had not been told of his death.

“Alexei’s lawyer is now flying to Kharp,” where his jail colony is, she wrote on social media.

According to Russian news media, Putin was told of Navalny’s death through his spokeswoman.

On Friday, Western nations and Russian opposition groups blamed the Kremlin for his killing.

Latvia’s president stated that he had been “brutally murdered by the Kremlin”.

“The Russian government bears a heavy responsibility,” tweeted Norway’s Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide on X, which was formerly Twitter.

According to France’s foreign minister, Navalny paid the ultimate price for defying oppression: his life.

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Navalny’s exposes on his YouTube channel received millions of views and drew tens of thousands of Russians to the streets, despite Russia’s tough anti-protest legislation.

He was imprisoned in early 2021 after returning to Russia from Germany, where he was recovering from a near-fatal poisoning attack with Novichok, a Soviet nerve weapon.

In a series of prosecutions, he was sentenced to 19 years in prison on allegations widely condemned by independent rights organizations and Western governments as payback for his resistance to the Kremlin.

After Navalny blamed the Kremlin for the Siberian poisoning attack, his return to Russia despite facing jail time put him at odds with Putin.

“I’m not afraid, and I call on you not to be afraid,” he declared in an appeal to followers as he arrived in Moscow, seconds before being held on allegations related to an old fraud conviction.

His 2021 arrest sparked arguably of Russia’s largest demonstrations in decades, with thousands imprisoned at nationwide rallies calling for his release.

Navalny’s team said he was tormented in prison and was frequently transferred to a punitive solitary confinement cell.

He claimed guards subjected him and other convicts to “torture by Putin” by forcing them to listen to the president’s speeches.

From behind bars, he was an outspoken critic of Moscow’s full-fledged military offensive against Ukraine.

The Kremlin sought to crush his organization, imprisoning his associates and forcing scores more into exile.

Late last year, he was transferred to a remote Arctic prison colony in Russia’s Yamalo-Nenets region in northern Siberia.

The most recent post on Navalny’s Telegram channel, which he manages with the help of his attorneys and exile team, was a Valentine’s Day tribute to his wife, Yulia Navalnaya.

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