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Alexey Navalny has died – prison service

Jailed Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has died, the prison service of the Yamalo-Nenets region, where he has been serving his sentence, reported on Friday afternoon.

The 47-year-old reportedly began to feel unwell during a walk, and lost consciousness, according to a statement.

Doctors later pronounced him dead. Russian media outlets have indicated that it happened after 2pm local time.

  • “All the necessary resuscitation measures were carried out, but they failed to achieve a positive result,” the authorities outlined.

The cause of death is being established. However, according to an RT Russian service source, the opposition figure had a blood clot.

Navalny was jailed in early 2021, over a long-standing fraud case involving French retailer Yves Rocher.

The previous summer he attracted major international attention after an alleged poisoning in Siberia, which led to his transfer to Germany. Upon his return, he was sentenced to the first of several prison terms.

Initially, he was placed in a high-security facility in Vladimir Region. Late last year he was transferred to the ‘Polar Wolf’ colony in Yamalo-Nenets, located 40km above the Arctic Circle. He was due to serve 19 years under a “special regime.”

  • The Kremlin said that President Vladimir Putin has been informed of Navalny’s death. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov referred questions to the Federal Penitentiary Service, adding that the cause was currently unclear.
  • Navalny’s lawyer, Leonid Solovyov refused to comment, but explained that his client had held on a meeting on Wednesday. “Everything was normal then,” he insisted. On Thursday, he took part in a video court hearing

A former Russian nationalist activist, Navalny first came to attention as one of the leaders of the “Russian march,” a far right rally previously held annually. He subsequently took a prominent role in the liberal-driven 2011-12 protests in Russia, which centered on Moscow’s Bolotnaya square. In 2013, he won 27% of the vote in a Moscow mayoral election.

Later, he established a broader movement – which produced reports on alleged corruption – and attempted to take part in the 2018 presidential contest.

Navalny, a native of Moscow, was married, with two children.

Source: RT