Alexeï Navalny was sentenced for violating his judicial review.


Moscow City Court / TASS / Sipa USA / SIPA

Imprisoned since the beginning of March in Russia, the opponent Alexeï Navalny announced on Wednesday that he was starting a hunger strike.

Sentenced in February to two and a half years in prison for a fraud case dating from 2014, which he himself, NGOs and many Western capitals consider political, the opponent has been imprisoned since early March in a penal colony deemed very hard to Pokrov, 100 km from the Russian capital.

The anti-corruption activist survived last year poisoning with Novichok, an nerve agent developed in Soviet times, which had plunged him into a coma.

The substance has been identified by European laboratories, but Moscow has always rejected these conclusions which support the thesis of an assassination orchestrated by the Russian power.


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