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Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin's biggest critic, disappears

Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin's biggest critic, disappears

Kremlin jailed critic Alexei Navalny has been transferred from prison to an unknown location.

"Where Alexei is now and in which colony he is being taken, we do not know," Leonid Volkov, Navalny's chief of staff, said in a statement on the Telegram app.

Navalny, Russia's top opposition leader over the past decade, was jailed for two and a half years for parole violations in February 2021 after returning from Germany, where he had recovered from a notable poisoning, for which he accuses the Kremlin.

On March 24, Navalny was sentenced to another nine years in prison for fraud and contempt of court. The opposition leader says the accusations against him are fabricated and intended to thwart his political ambitions.

Navalny said two weeks ago that he had been charged in a new criminal case with setting up an extremist organization and inciting hatred against authorities, offenses providing for a maximum sentence of another 15 years.