A spokesperson for Russian dissident Alexei Navalny said on social media Monday that the activist has been lacking throughout the jail system for six days. Spokesperson Kira Yarmysh stated that Navalny’s workforce doesn’t “know the place [he] is or what’s occurring to him.”
An extended-time critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s authorities, Navalny has been behind bars in Russia since 2021 when he returned to the nation after being poisoned by a chemical nerve agent in Germany. He was sentenced to over 30 years for quite a lot of expenses referring to “extremist” actions.
Navalny’s disappearance comes only a week after a brand new prison case referring to alleged vandalism was launched towards him underneath Article 214 of the Russian Penal Code, which he denies. He’s at present imprisoned within the IK-6 jail in Melekhovo and was resulting from seem in court docket through video hyperlink however Yarmysh stated in a tweet that jail authorities advised Navalny’s attorneys that “Navalny is now not on their checklist. They refuse to say the place he was transferred.”
Putin announced on Friday that he could be working for president in Russia’s 2024 elections, and Navalny’s Chief of Employees, Leonid Volkov, stated that the timing of Navalny’s disappearance was not a coincidence, particularly contemplating Navalny was resulting from be transferred two months in the past. In a social media post he acknowledged that the disappearance was:
0% unintentional and 100% immediately political guide management from the Kremlin. It’s no secret to Putin who his principal opponent is in these “elections.” And he needs to guarantee that Navalny’s voice is just not heard. Which means that everybody ought to grow to be Navalny’s voice.
Again in October, three Navalny attorneys have been arrested for collaborating in an “extremist” group led by the activist.