Alexei Navalny was sent to a Russian penal colony to serve out a sentence for “crimes” against the Russian government. All but a handful of countries have gone on the record to declare it an unjust action since Navalny is an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin.
The Wall Street Journal once called Navalny the “man that Putin fears the most.”
His work as an anti-corruption activist, lawyer, and opposition leader led him to prominence for organizing anti-government demonstrations. Navalny also ran for office to advocate for new reforms in these areas.
Navalny frequently publishes content about Russian corruption, including calling the government a “party of crooks and thieves.”
Navalny Was Poisoned in 2020
Alexei Navalny was hospitalized in August 2020 after being poisoned by a nerve agent. Authorities evacuated him to Berlin to receive treatment, which took a month to complete.
Navalny accused Putin of being responsible for his actions, which was followed up by having FSB agents from the country admitting to the work they had done.
Although Navalny was reasonably safe outside of Russia, he decided to return on January 17, 2021. The local authorities detained him immediately, accusing him of parole violations that stemmed from a 2014 political conviction.
Navalny had his suspended sentence replaced with a prison term, giving him about 30 months in a corrective labor colony.
Multiple agencies and governments continue to call for his release.
Navalny Has Been Nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Price
After speaking out in support of Black Lives Matter protests, European democracy efforts, and anti-corruption rallies, multiple Norwegian parliament members nominated Navalny for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
An Internet petition in support of this effort has tens of thousands of signatures.
The European Commission on Human Rights continues to call for his release. Navalny’s wife and two children continue to live safely in Russia while he serves his sentence.
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