Alexei Navalny has disappeared from the prison where he is serving his sentence

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The Russian opponent, Alexei Navalny, has disappeared from the prison where he is serving his sentence

Alexei Navalny, one of the biggest opponents of Vladimir Putin’s regime and serving a 30-year prison sentence, was transferred from prison number 6 in the Vladimir region to a new prison whose location was not announced by public. This was confirmed by Navalny’s lawyers, who explained that they do not know the new destination of the Russian opposition leader.

“They just told his lawyer that the prisoner Navalni is no longer in prison,” Kira Yarmish, an ally of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalni, said on his ‘X’ account (formerly Twitter).

Navalny campaigned against Putin and called for a vote against him

According to Yarmish, prison officials have not agreed to reveal the new destination of Navalni, who is serving a sentence of almost 30 years in prison. In this way, Alexei Navalni disappeared for almost a week. And then last Thursday, December 7, the Russian opposition asked from prison to vote for the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, in the March 2024 elections.

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“On that day we call on everyone to go to the polls and vote against Vladimir Putin. This can be done by putting a cross in the box of any candidate,” wrote Navalny on his Telegram channel.

One of the greatest opponents of the current president of Russia and who suffered a poisoning attempt also announced the launch of a website (neputin.org) urging Russians to support anyone who candidate for the presidency, except for the current head of the Kremlin. A day after its launch the site was blocked.

Vladimir Putin, whose 2020 constitutional reform allows him to serve two more presidential terms of six years each, announced his candidacy for re-election on December 8 during a military decoration ceremony for the Russians fighting in Ukraine.

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This is not the first time that Alexei Navalni has ‘disappeared’ during his stay in prison. In June 2022, Kira Yarmysh, his spokesperson, reported that it is not known where the Russian opponent is.

A few months later, last August, Navalny was sentenced to another 19 years in prison for extremism, among other charges, by a Russian court. A sentence that Alexei Navalni himself described as “Stalinist” and assured that the Kremlin intended to “intimidate” and “instill fear” in millions of people in its criminal process.