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Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny disappears in prison, says team

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who is imprisoned in a penal colony east of Moscow, has disappeared, his team said on Monday, and his whereabouts are unknown.

Navalny was sentenced to 19 years in prison in August after being found guilty of creating an extremist community, financing extremist activities and several other crimes. He was already serving an 11-and-a-half-year sentence in a maximum security facility for fraud and other charges that he denies.

Navalny’s supporters claim that his arrest and imprisonment are a political attempt to suppress his criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Lawyers made several attempts to gain access to two penal colonies near Moscow where Navalny, who has suffered serious health problems, was said to be, spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh told X. They were told the 47-year-old was not there. in penal colonies IK-6 or IK-7, Yarmysh added.

“On Friday and all day today, neither IK-6 nor IK-7 responded to them,” Yarmysh posted, adding that Navalny had been missing for six days. Navalny was last imprisoned in the IK-6 penal colony east of Moscow.

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Source: CNN Brasil

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