Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny dies in Arctic Circle jail

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny died in prison

Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition politician and adversary of Vladimir Putin, died in jail. Alexei Navalny is thought to have been killed, however the Kremlin has not confirmed the cause of death. Alexei Navalny, an opposition politician and adversary of Vladimir Putin, died in prison, according to Russian prison authorities.

One of Putin’s most known and ardent opponents, 47-year-old Navalny, was being imprisoned in a jail around 40 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where he had been sentenced to 19 years under a “special regime.” He seemed emaciated with his head shaved in a January detention video, according to The Guardian.

The Kremlin has not divulged the reason for his death.

He disappeared from a jail in the Vladimir area at the beginning of December. He was serving a 30-year sentence on allegations of extremism and fraud, which he saw as political punishment for leading the 2010s resistance to the Kremlin. He did not believe he would be liberated while Putin was still alive.

Furthermore, as a former nationalist politician, Navalny researched Putin’s inner circle, fought against election fraud and government corruption, and disseminated the findings in elegant videos with hundreds of millions of views, all of which led to the 2011-12 Russian demonstrations.

His political career peaked in 2013 when he garnered 27% of the vote in a Moscow mayoral election that was not widely perceived as fair or free. He identified a castle on the Black Sea for Putin’s personal use, as well as residences and boats used by previous President Dmitry Medvedev, all of which have long been a source of contention for the Kremlin.

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After being suspected of being poisoned with Novichok by Russia’s FSB security organization in 2020, Navalny fell into a coma and was taken to Germany for treatment.

Then, after fully recovering, he returned to Russia in January 2021, when he was imprisoned on suspicion of breaching his parole and received the first of numerous jail terms totaling more than 30 years in prison.

Putin has begun his campaign for president to serve a fifth term. Because Putin amended the term limits restrictions in the 2020 constitution, he has the potential to become Russia’s longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin if he runs for office again in 2030.

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