Jailed Russian opposition politician Navalny dead, says prison service

Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is dead, the prison service of the region where he had been serving his sentence says

Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Putin, has been in Russian jail since 2021 on charges widely viewed as politically motivated

Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, has said she doesn’t know whether the “horrible news” is true

Kira Yarmysh, Navalny’s spokesperson, said his team had yet to receive confirmation of the death but his lawyer was travelling to Siberia

Putin’s spokesman said Russian’s penitentiary service was looking into Navalny’s death but provided no further information

In August, Navalny was found guilty of founding and funding an extremist organisation, which he denies, and was given an extra 19 years in jail

He had already been sentenced to nine years for parole violations, fraud and contempt of court

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