In a startling revelation, one of the lawyers representing imprisoned Russian opposition politician, Alexei Navalny, missed a vital court hearing. To add to the intrigue, the lawyer's phone has mysteriously gone silent, as reported by Navalny's team on their Telegram channel.
The unease surrounding Navalny's legal representation doesn't end there. Another key member from his legal team has abruptly halted all communications. More alarmingly, this follows the detainment of three other lawyers associated with the political activist by Russian investigators just last week.
Legal Obstacles Mount for Navalny's Defense Team
This wave of challenges facing Navalny's legal representatives is unfolding as the opposition leader himself stands on the cusp of a transfer from his current penal colony.
Navalny's incarceration, which has now spanned two years and nine months, began when he was arrested shortly after his return from Germany.
This return journey was after receiving treatment for a life-threatening poisoning by a nerve agent, an incident that occurred in Siberia.