Alexei Navalny accuses prison of cutting newspaper articles and withholding books

Imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on May 26 accused the prison of censoring his newspapers by deleting articles. During his appearance on Wednesday via video link, the Russian opposition leader also listed several other complaints against the prison where he is being held. The charges include authorities withholding a book by Navalny and waking him up at night. The outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently serving a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for a parole violation. However, Navalny calls them fabricated accusations.

According to the Associated Press, the jailed opposition leader participated in a preliminary court hearing on his lawsuit against IK-2 (Corrective Colony No. 2), which he says did not provide the books of his choice. Additionally, he also expressed his willingness to reverse his lawsuit if the prison ends its practice of cutting out articles.

“I support my legal claims, and I just want to emphasize once again that – well, I think the very essence of this investigation seems quite strange. The fact is that I am a subscriber to several newspapers, and imagine how surprised I am I would open these newspapers and see whole articles cut out,” Navalny said, according to AP.

“I just think that an administrative error took place… Maybe many years ago the decision was made by someone, and since then they have been cutting articles in newspapers, which is nonsense,” he added.

Navalny’s allies risk being barred from public office

Navalny’s allies face the risk of being banned from public office as Russia’s parliament held a third and final reading and voted on proposed electoral reforms that would also ban those involved in ‘extremist’ or ‘terrorist’ organisations. to be elected to the lower house of parliament. “This is the disenfranchisement of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of our citizens. Of course, this is unacceptable because every citizen has the right to participate in the governance of the state,” the member said. of the communist party Alexey Kurinny, who called on his colleagues to vote against the law. AP said the measure is aimed at preventing Navalny’s allies from winning seats in parliament. Now that three readings have been completed, the bill should be approved by the upper house, followed by Putin’s signature, to become law.

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