The well-known critic of the Kremlin wrote through his team on social media: “Yesterday at five o’clock in the evening I was released from the isolation cell, and since this morning at eight o’clock in the morning I have returned to it.” “Why such a short period? Because I have an appeal hearing in four days and they can say: ‘We are not violating his rights, he is not even in solitary confinement.’ Very nice of them.”
Navalny’s lawyers have repeatedly suggested that Russia is abandoning years of principles with the known dissident. Normally, Russia and the former Soviet Union had applied the principle that at least one day of rest should be followed by two weeks of solitary confinement, but according to his team, this principle had been pushed aside several times.
Last August, Navalny was sentenced to another 19 years in prison on charges of “extremism,” after which he was also sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of “fraud” and “contempt of court.” The Kremlin critic, who narrowly escaped a poisoning in 2020, rejects all lawsuits against him as politically motivated. The 47-year-old politician is also viewed internationally as a political prisoner.
After the ruling last month, the opposition leader called on people to “continue to resist” the Kremlin.
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