Alexei Navalny, a outstanding critic of the Kremlin, announced through social media on Friday that the Russian Investigative Committee opened a brand new prison case towards him. Through his associates on the Telegram platform, Navalny mentioned that he was charged beneath Article 214 of the Russian Penal Code, which pertains to vandalism. Nonetheless, Navalny was not knowledgeable of the specifics relating to the alleged offense. Navalny mentioned, “I don’t know what Article 214 is, and there’s nowhere to look. You’ll find out about this earlier than I do.”
Expressing his dismay, Navalny additionally commented on the recurrent initiation of recent prison instances towards him as he endures solitary confinement. The dissident mentioned, “By no means earlier than has a convict, sitting in solitary confinement for greater than a yr, lived such a wealthy social and political life.” Navalny, acknowledged for his activism towards the federal government of President Vladimir Putin, has persistently contested prior convictions, together with allegations of extremism, leading to prolonged durations of isolation over the previous two years resulting from numerous purported violations.
This revelation comes only a month after Navalny’s authorized staff was labeled ‘extremists’ by Russia’s Federal Service for Monetary Monitoring. It additionally follows his August conviction on costs of renewed extremist exercise, including 19 years to his present 11-and-a-half-year jail sentence. Navalny rebuffed the costs, attributing them to political motives geared toward stifling his criticisms of the Kremlin.
Navalny voluntarily returned to Russia in 2021 after recovering from a near-fatal poisoning in Germany, an motion the Kremlin denies any involvement in. He was instantly arrested upon arrival.