A Russian court has rejected complaints by imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny about his prison conditions.
Appearing before a judge via video link, Navalny claimed he was being held illegally, and asked to maintain contact with his wife.
“Please tell Yulia that for some reason letters do not come from her again and that I send her all kinds of greetings for her and her children, and if she does not receive a response from me … I cannot even write to her myself.”
The hearing took place amid reports of Navalny’s health deteriorating – and calls from his wife and allies urging prison staff to provide essential medicines.
The 46-year-old is serving a nine-year sentence on fraud charges in a maximum security prison colony 250 kilometers east of Moscow.
Navalny and his allies and Western governments And rights groups He says he was the victim of trumped-up charges designed to silence him.
The Kremlin critic was arrested in Russia in January 2021 upon his return from Germany, where he was recovering from Nerve agent poisoning He blamed Moscow.
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