Shallow grave: Putin’s dictatorship is slowly killing Russia's main opposition leader Navalny

Screenshots of tweets from the account of Alexey Navalny @navalny and his team @teamnavalny

Putin’s main critic and the person who led most of the largest protests of the decade in Russia, Alexey Navalny, survived an assassination attempt in October 2020 while in Russia .  He returned to his countryafter this, in spite of warnings that he would be thrown to prison.  He is now serving two prison terms of one and a half, and nine years, while other criminal cases (nine in total) are being imposed on him.  The russian government is also harshening his conditions in jail on a weekly basis.  On November 17, his representative Kira Yarmysh wrote:

Alexey @navalny was transferred to a cell-type room. It's like a punishment cell, only not for 15 days, but forever.

Further on, Alexey’s own account on Twitter which his colleagues are posting to from the words he sends through his lawyers, explained:

Iliya Matveev, a Russian political scientist, posted a picture of the same prison cell Navalny is kept in from now on:

The bed where a prisoner sleeps, is a folding one that fits into one of the walls. “They fold it when it’s daytime so that a prisoner cannot lie on it outside of night hours,” he explained.

Since he was put in jail, Navalny has been subjected to a number of harshened conditions. He has been put to a punishment cell seven times, each time for 15 days. At the beginning of his sentence, Navalny looked like this:

Do you have a favorite moment of the day? For example, having a morning coffee.  Or when you arrive at work at 9, answer your emails, and at 11:30 finally (with a sense of accomplishment!) open up social media to spend the rest of the day on?

Now, he looks like this.

An appeal against three more launched criminal cases against Alexey Navalny  is going in Moscow city court.  Journalists who have cameras are not allowed even to get to the courtroom door.

Navalny's case is, of course, not the only one: there are hundreds of political prisoners in Russia and Belarus.  However, his sentence is one of the harshest ones, and new criminal cases are being opened by the authorities against him, it seems, on a monthly basis.

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