Kremlin dismisses concerns Over Navalny's whereabouts

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.12 - 2023 2:43 PM CET

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Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, has stated that the Kremlin does not track the status of prisoners, including that of opposition leader Alexey Navalny.

This comment comes amid increasing concerns regarding Navalny's current location.

Reported by TASS, Peskov emphasized that Navalny is "one prisoner who, according to the law, was found guilty and is serving his sentence."

He further added that any intervention or concern from external entities, including the United States, regarding Navalny's situation is deemed "unacceptable and impossible" by the Kremlin.

The whereabouts of Navalny, a prominent critic of Putin, have been a source of worry for his associates, who have been unable to locate him for seven days. Navalny failed to appear by video call for court proceedings on December 7 and 11, with prison officials citing issues with the prison’s electrical system as the reason.

Adding to the concern, on December 11, staff at Penal Colony No. 6 in Russia’s Vladimir region, where Navalny has been held since June 2022, reported that he is no longer listed in the prison’s roster of inmates. This information was relayed by Navalny's lawyer, raising further questions about his current whereabouts and well-being.

Navalny's situation has been closely monitored internationally, with his imprisonment and treatment by Russian authorities drawing widespread condemnation from human rights organizations and foreign governments.

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