USA This Saturday he expressed his concern about the disappearance of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny almost three weeks ago.
In a message published on social networks, the Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkensaid that the Joe Biden Administration is “deeply concerned about the whereabouts of Alexei Navalny, who has been missing in the Russian prison system for almost three weeks” and He again demanded “his immediate release and an end to the continued repression of independent voices” in the country.
The opposition leader has been missing since December 6, when his family and his team of lawyers lost contact with him. Since then, they have been unable to locate him, even after personally visiting and inspecting all detention centers in Moscow and writing to more than 200 pre-trial detention sites and penal colonies.
On December 15, the Russian penitentiary services (FSIN) admitted that the prisoner had been transferred from the Vladimir maximum security prison, where he had been serving his sentence since June 2022, but did not specify his new destination. It is believed that they keep it in a cell without ventilationwith a minimum time to stay outdoor and what is deprived of food -He would even have fainted from hunger-.
Days later, on the 18th of the month, while his whereabouts remained unknown, Justice ordered the suspension of new criminal proceedings against him after repeated non-appearances, something unusual for him, who usually attended electronically. “The Court simply abandoned its responsibility to administer justice,” said Kira Yarmysh, Navalny’s spokesperson.
Activists opposed to Putin denounced that it is a strategy of the Kremlin leader facing the 2024 elections, for which he announced his candidacy on December 8. Thus, thanks to a constitutional reform, the Russian will be able to seek a new period at the head of the country and, almost without a doubt, he will achieve it using his machinery of fraud and intimidation.
Navalny, recently, had begun to encourage dissidents to organize and propose a strong candidate to confront Putin. From prison, he sent the main representatives of the opposition side and influential bloggers and journalists a questionnaire with ten questions about strategies to study, which would have been perceived by the ruling party as a threat.
Likewise, this Saturday the Electoral Commission blocked the candidacy of its main rival, the journalist and former municipal councilor Yekaterina Duntsova. The woman is known for being a fighter for democracy and the end of the offensive in Ukraine, which Putin set as one of the pillars of his last two years in office.
The Commission alleged “errors in the documents” presented for the registration of the candidacy unanimously by the members, although it is already expected that neither it nor the 28 people who also sent their dossier will achieve a victory next year.
“Over the last ten years, the country has been moving in the wrong direction,” toward “self-destruction,” Dunstova said when announcing her election plans. “I want Russia to be a democratic, flourishing and peaceful state,” she added.