Russia’s Internal Repression Grows Harsher: Navalny’s Jailers are Tightening the Screws

The Economist reports: Alexei Navalny does not complain easily. The leading Russian opposition politician, who survived a poisoning attempt in 2020 and has been imprisoned since January 2021, treats his jailers with defiance and irony.

In June 2022 he was transferred from a penal colony to a maximum-security prison notorious for its brutality. He is now locked behind a six-metre-tall fence with murderers. Suffering from a bad back, he spends seven-hour shifts seated at a sewing machine on a stool below knee height. To see a lawyer, he must skip a meal.

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