Alexei Navalny, Russian Opposition Leader and Putin Critic, Dies

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For years, Navalny battled corruption in a nation rife with it

Alexei Navalny, the Russia opposition leader and fierce critic of Vladimir Putin, died in prison, Russian authorities announced on Friday. He was 47.

Russia’s prison service said Navalny felt unwell after taking a walk and lost consciousness. He was service a 19-year sentence on controversial, extremism-related charges. “The facility’s medical staff immediately arrived and an ambulance brigade was called,” the prison service said in a statement. “All necessary resuscitation measures were taken, which did not lead to positive results. The ambulance doctors confirmed the death of the convict.”


Navalny’s spokesperson said his camp have not received any confirmation of his death, that his lawyer is currently on his way to Kharp, and that they’ll share more information as soon as they have it. Putin’s spokesperson said the Russian president had received the news of Navalny’s death.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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