Kremlin Critic Navalny Confirms Move to Maximum Security Prison

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    The Facts

    • Alexei Navalny, a leading opponent and critic of Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin, on Wed. confirmed that he had been transferred to, and quarantined in, a high security prison.

    • He was jailed for two and half years for violating parole on his return to Russia in Feb. 2021 from Germany, where he had been recuperating from apparent nerve agent poisoning. He was then sentenced to nine more years at the end of Mar. 2022 for fraud and contempt of court.


    The Spin

    Anti-Russia narrative

    Navalny, who has committed his political career to opposing Putin's despotic and oppressive regime, must be liberated. The labeling of Navalny as an extremist and terrorist is a blatant falsehood being peddled by the Russian state.

    Pro-Russia narrative

    Western countries are using Navalny as a tool to mold new pretexts for anti-Russian sanctions. Russian authorities were blamed for Navalny's illness last year, despite a clean bill of health before his transfer to Berlin. Western reporting is more concerned with discrediting Russia than with the truth or the safety of Navalny himself.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 4% chance that Alexei Navalny will become President or Prime Minister of Russia in his lifetime, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

    PRO

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