President Putin: Free Aleksei Navalny
Aleksei Navalny is a prominent Russian opposition figure and anti-corruption activist, who has been unlawfully detained and spending more than two and a half years in prison. He must be freed immediately, and unconditionally.
On 20 August 2020, Aleksei Navalny fell seriously ill during a flight to Moscow. Experts from several countries later concluded that he had been poisoned by prohibited military grade nerve agent Novichok. On 22 August he was evacuated to Germany for treatment, unconscious and in a critical condition. Navalny returned to Russia on 17 January 2021 and was immediately taken into custody. Accused by the authorities of failing to report to his probation officer while receiving life-saving treatment in Germany, a court in Moscow ruled to imprison Aleksei Navalny for 2 years and 8 months (subsequently reduced by two months) for “violation of terms of a suspended sentence”.
Aleksei Navalny has suffered from serious health problems in prison. He was diagnosed by prison doctors with a double hernia in his spine. His condition may be further complicated by after-effects of his poisoning. Despite repeated requests the Russian authorities still deny Aleksei Navalny access to medical doctors of his choice.
Despite his health problems, Aleksei Navalny also reported that he has been woken up by prison guards on an hourly basis throughout the night, night after night.