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Putin political nemesis Navalny in solitary confinement

He said it is the "harshest punishment" in prison and "torture and murder are most often carried out there"

Published: August 16, 2022 10:15am

Updated: August 16, 2022 11:48am

Russian dissident Alexey Navalny says he's now been placed in solitary confinement at the remote penal colony where he is serving nine years for alleged fraud.

Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, tweeted Monday that jail officials placed him in solitary confinement for attempting to form a prisoners union.

Official cited as reason as Navalny having unbuttoning the top of prison clothing characterizes and called him an "unrepentant, incorrigible villain." 

"[T]hey say that unless I 'reconsider my attitude,' it will become my permanent residence," Navalny posted. "It is not clear what attitude I should reconsider. Toward slave labor? Or toward Putin?" 

The popular opposition figure survived a 2020 poisoning attempt, which Kremlin critics widely believe was conducted by Russian security services. Navalny recovered in Germany, then returned to Russia where he was inevitably and immediately arrested.

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