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Alexei Navalny, Russian Politician Who Opposed Putin to the End, has Died in Prison

Written by on February 17, 2024

Alexei Navalny, Russia’s leading opposition figure against President Vladimir Putin, has died at 47 in a remote Russian prison, as reported by the Federal Penitentiary Service. Navalny, who faced charges deemed by supporters as retaliation for his activism, had been a vocal critic of Putin, spotlighting corruption and advocating for political reform. His death has sparked international reactions, with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken holding Russia accountable and highlighting the broader implications for Russian governance. Navalny’s health had been a concern, with reports of denied medical care and solitary confinement aimed at isolating him. Despite imprisonment, Navalny continued to challenge Putin’s policies, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Navalny’s efforts to foster political change and his critique of government corruption earned him a significant following, making his death a poignant symbol of Russia’s struggle for political freedom.

Source: NPR

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