Putin critic Alexei Navalny held in new prison with culture of ‘beatings and torture’

He accused prison officials of fabricating violations against the prisoners they want to punish

<p>Alexei Navalny pictured in 2020</p>

Alexei Navalny pictured in 2020

Alexei Navalny, the Russian anti-corruption activist, has tweeted an update on his time behind bars after being moved to a new prison.

The critic of Vladimir Putin was sentenced – in a case that Amnesty International described as a “sham” – to nine years in prison on embezzlement and contempt of court charges in March.

That was on top of a two-and-a-half-year sentence for allegedly violating the conditions of his parole while outside Russia. Navalny was arrested in January 2021 after returning from Germany, where he had been recuperating from nerve-agent poisoning he blamed on Russian authorities.

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