The health of detained Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has improved, says his ally Ivan Zhdanov. He is also aware of the measures taken by Russia against his organization.
This week, a Moscow judge ruled that the organization of Russia’s best-known opposition leader is extremist. The organization is now Similar to Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
‘Shocked by measure’
Navalny is after a hospital stay returned to the penal colony where he was previously held. In April, after a three-week hunger strike, he was transferred to a prison hospital. His allies then called his condition dire.
“He is in much better shape now,” Zhdanov told a local radio station. “Every time he hears news, he says he is shocked.” Zhdanov is referring in particular to the judge’s ruling.
“He’s trying to keep abreast of what’s going on. In general, everything is fine.”
Navalny sits a sentence of 2.5 years in a penal colony for failing to comply with the terms of a 2014 suspended sentence. He was then convicted of embezzling half a million dollars. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that that fraud process was not fair.
NOS correspondent Iris de Graaf spoke on behalf of NOS on 3 with the young Russian opposition. Below you can see, among other things, a conversation with a boy who wears an ankle bracelet and was placed under house arrest: