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Alexeï Navalny says he is prohibited from private exchanges with his lawyers

Imprisoned Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin’s main critic, said he was deprived of confidential conversations with his lawyers, which could make it increasingly difficult for him to communicate with the outside world.

In a message posted Thursday, September 8 on Twitter, the 46-year-old anti-corruption activist said he was summoned by the management of his penal colony and informed that his right to private exchanges with his lawyers was “canceled“. Moreover, according to him, each document exchanged with his last will now be subject to a “verification for three daysby the prison administration.

Alexeï Navalny affirms that these measures were taken because his jailers believe that he continues to carry out “criminal activitiesfrom his prison near the town of Vladimir, 200 kilometers east of Moscow. “With my lawyers, we now discuss through a window lined with plastic, crossed by a grid. Our conversation is more like a mime number“, lamented the opponent, with his usual biting humor. “In truth, there is nothing left, formally, of my rights of defence, which were already quite illusory.“, he added.

Since his imprisonment in Russia in January 2021, Alexeï Navalny has been sending messages to his lawyers which are then published online by his team. In recent weeks, he said he has been placed in solitary confinement on several occasions, for several days, as punishment, in particular for having tried to start a union of prisoners in his prison. Images of the opponent, published last week by independent Russian media, show him emaciated, looking exhausted, in his convict outfit. Last March, Alexeï Navalny was sentenced to nine years in prison under a regime “strict“for charges”scam» which he considers fictitious.

On Thursday, one of his exiled allies, Maria Pevtchikh, claimed on Twitter that the latest information about him was “extremely worrying“. “Navalny is in complete isolation and is not allowed to communicate confidentially with his lawyers. We no longer have a way of knowing what is happening to him. The risks to his life have increased dramatically“, she said.


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