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A year after his arrest, Alexeï Navalny “regrets” nothing

The Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny proclaimed this Monday, January 17, one year to the day after his arrest, “not regret for a second” to have returned to Russia and called on his fellow citizens not to be afraid.

“I did it, I don’t regret it for a second”, he wrote on social media, about his fight against the Kremlin and his return to the country despite the likelihood of his arrest after months of recovery from poisoning.

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“After a year in prison, I tell you what I shouted to those (who supported me then) in court: do not be afraid”, said the opponent, whose messages on the networks are broadcast regularly.

His publication on Monday is accompanied by a photo of him in a prisoner’s uniform with his wife, Yulia.

Arrested after poisoning

Alexei Navalny was also in court again on Monday, this time to examine two complaints he filed against the prison administration.

The Petushki district court in the Vladimir region, where the opponent is imprisoned, examined the two files at the end of the morning.

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Alexei Navalny participated in the first hearing by video link, locked in a cage, according to images from the independent online channel Dojd.

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He was arrested on January 17, 2021 at a Moscow airport, on his return from convalescence in Germany after a serious poisoning in Siberia in August for which he holds President Vladimir Putin responsible.

Russia has never opened an investigation into this assassination attempt, claiming to have no clues to this effect and accusing Berlin of not sharing the opponent’s medical analyzes.

Prosecuted for “extremism”

This militant defender of the corruption of the Russian elites was then seen inflicting a sentence of two and a half years in prison for a case of “frauds” which he describes as politics.

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This condemnation sparked a torrent of international condemnations and new Western sanctions against Moscow.

One of his lieutenants who now lives in exile, Leonid Volkov, estimated on social networks that on January 17 “would go down in history as the beginning of the end of Putinism”.

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The arrest of Alexeï Navalny had triggered several large demonstrations a year ago, but they had quickly and brutally been repressed.

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Then it was his movement that was banned for extremism, while opponents, media and NGOs deemed critical of the Kremlin suffered a growing wave of repression.

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Alexei Navalny is also the target of new lawsuits, in particular for “extremism”, which could keep him in prison for many years.

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