Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Dies in Prison, Russian Service Announces

Reports have emerged from Russia that jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has died in custody, according to the Russian prison service. Navalny reportedly lost consciousness after feeling unwell following a walk and could not be revived despite resuscitation efforts. The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has held Russia responsible for his death. Navalny was serving a 19-year sentence on charges that are widely considered to be politically motivated. His death has prompted international reactions, including from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

  • Alexei Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been reported dead by the Russian prison service.
  • He supposedly became ill after a walk and lost consciousness. Medical efforts to resuscitate him lasted over half an hour but were unsuccessful.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has stated that Russia is responsible for Navalny’s death.
  • Navalny was serving a 19-year jail term for offenses that have been deemed politically motivated.
  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed sadness over Navalny’s death and stated that Russia has serious questions to answer.
  • Navalny had survived a poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok in 2020, which he attributed to an assassination attempt by Putin.
  • His death has been met with shock, especially as he appeared via video link in a court hearing recently, appearing well and in good spirits.
  • International reactions are pouring in, with leaders expressing condolences and calling for accountability.
  • The exact cause of Navalny’s death is currently unknown and under investigation according to Russian authorities.

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