Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been returned to solitary confinement for the 13th time since he began serving his nine-year prison sentence last year, his team says said on Twitter on Tuesday.
Tweeting on behalf of Navalny, the Kremlin critic’s press secretary said he was sent back to solitary confinement as punishment for a investigation led by his team last month in allegedly corrupt purchases made by the Russian Federal Prison Service.
“I was restricted in buying food (we have new rules now), my daily walk is now at 7 am (this is important because if your walk is in the afternoon, you may have lucky enough to stay in a sunny place for a while), I now barely have time to read letters,” the politician said. said on Twitter.
His team too said On Tuesday, Navalny suffered from an unspecified gastric condition following his previous solitary confinement and had to be called for an ambulance last week.
In January, dozens of Russian doctors signed a open letter urging Russian President Vladimir Putin “to stop abusing” Navalny and demanding that the opposition politician undergo a “full examination” and have access to proper medical treatment.
The Kremlin critic, who built a huge social media operation producing videos exposing corruption among government officials, was sentenced to nine years in prison in March 2022.
Navalny was arrested last year on his return from Germany to Russia, where he was recovering from a poisoning attempt he said was ordered by Putin, which the Kremlin has denied.