Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has reportedly gone missing, with his legal team unable to confirm his whereabouts for almost a week.
Developing story: Navalny failed to appear at two recent court hearings due to a supposed “power outage” at the prison colony.
* The lawyers have been informed by authorities that Navalny is no longer listed among the inmates.
Background: Navalny was expected to be moved to a harsher prison after being sentenced to an additional 19 years on charges of extremism, which many view as politically motivated.
* This sentence was in addition to the 11 1/2 years he was already serving.
Concerns: Navalny, a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who survived a 2020 poisoning attack, has reportedly been in poor health recently.
* His disappearance coincides with Putin’s announcement of his intention to seek re-election in the upcoming March vote.
* As quoted by his spokesperson Kira Yarmysh, “We still don’t know where Alexey is.”
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