Alexey Navalny alone after starting the union for the guilty

Anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, known as the biggest critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, revealed that he has been ordered to spend time in solitary confinement.

“I only have a mug and a book in my cell. I get only one teaspoon at meal time. They also snatched my prison clothes and gave me temporary clothes,” Navalani said in a Twitter thread shared on Monday. “Congratulations from solitary confinement.”

His sentencing comes more than a week after he revealed that he founded a labor union for the convicts, of which he said he was the sole member at the time. Navalny said that so far, the organization has successfully argued for replacing backless stools with chairs in the prison’s sewing shop, where he works.

“The Kremlin wants to see its Gulag made up of silent slaves. But here I am rallying people and demanding that certain laws be followed.” “So I was called to the commission from my barracks, where they announced that video footage showed me regularly unbuttoning the top button of my prison robe in an industrial area (the garden is a few sizes too small for me.”)

The Kremlin critic continued, “This, of course, characterizes me as an irrepressible, irrepressible villain.” “So it was decided to put me in a special housing unit.”

Navalny said that so far, he has spent only three days in isolation, but also expressed concern that he will miss an upcoming trip with relatives, which he is allowed every four months.

“Those people are not allowed in SHU, so they say unless I reconsider my attitude, this will become my permanent residence,” he tweeted. “It is not clear which attitude I should reconsider. Towards slave labor? Or toward Putin? ”

Back in March, Navalny was sentenced to nine years in a high-security facility on charges of fraud and contempt, which he has repeatedly claimed are politically motivated. He was initially arrested in January 2021 on his return from a hospital in Germany, where he was recuperating from an assassination attempt by the Kremlin.

After his followers revealed that he first fell ill during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow in August 2020, several laboratories around the world confirmed that he had been poisoned with Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent.

At the time, he was sentenced to more than two years in prison for violating probation.

Navalny said in June that he could face an additional 15 years in prison for charges of encouraging unauthorized rallies and that he formed “an extremist group spreading hatred against officials and oligarchs”. He said any punishment is part of the government’s effort to keep him behind bars for as long as possible.

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