Imprisoned Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been returned to solitary confinement for the 11th time since his nine-year sentence began in March, his press secretary Kira Yarmysh said. said on Wednesday.
Navalny stated that he was sent to a solitary confinement cell because, according to Yarmysh, he “misrepresented himself.”
“Apparently [Russian President Vladimir] Putin does not like our company and the nomination of the film for the Oscars, Yarmysh said, referring to the American documentary Navalny, which was exhibited highlighted at the Academy Awards on Tuesday.
Recently, Navalny’s supporters started the “Free Navalny” campaign to sound the alarm about Navalny’s deteriorating health and the refusal of prison doctors to treat him.
This week, the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureates called on the Red Cross “to hinder” in the fate of Navalny.
Navalny, 46, orchestrated a massive social media operation, releasing videos exposing endemic corruption among Russian government officials before being handed over nine years in prison in 2022.
Navalny has it convicted his regular stints in cramped solitary confinement at the prison colony for the slightest infractions and bemoaned the fact that he is no longer allowed to visit his family, calling his treatment an attempt to silence his activism behind bars.
Navalny’s return to solitary confinement came a day after a replica of his tiny prison cell was opened outside the Russian embassy in Berlin to protest the horrific conditions the Kremlin critic is being held in.