In prison, Navalny was deprived of the right to communicate privately with a lawyer

Navalny reported about it on social networks, where he had so far posted his posts through lawyers. The Prison Service has yet to comment, according to Reuters.

“I was now taken out of the cell to the commission, where the management solemnly announced: ‘It was found that you continuously continue your criminal activities, you commit crimes directly from places of imprisonment. You communicate with your accomplices through lawyers. Therefore, in your case, we are canceling the lawyer’s secret. All incoming and outgoing documents from lawyers will now be subject to a three-day check,” Navalny wrote on Twitter. When asked what “terrible crimes” he was committing directly from prison, he was said to have been told that it was secret and that he only needed to know that he was no longer covered by attorney-client privilege.

Navalny now communicates with lawyers in front of double plastic glass with a grid inside, but without any slit, so “the communication is more like a pantomime.” And if the lawyer wants to file a complaint against the prison, he will first have to hand it over to its management, and he will have three days before handing over the lawyer’s proposal to Navalny. And it will take another three days to pass Navalny’s comments back to the lawyer.

“Of my right to defense, as is typical, there is nothing left even formally,” Navalny wrote.

He added that he did not know what angered the regime more this time – whether the list of more than 6,000 “bribers and warmongers” from the ranks of dignitaries, which Navalny’s team drew up in April as a proposal for people suitable for imposing Western sanctions, calls for “smart voting” against candidates ruling the United Russia party in the upcoming elections, or Navalny’s decision to establish a trade union behind bars. “I think all three ideas are great,” he said.

Considered the main domestic critic of President Vladimir Putin’s regime, Navalny has been in prison since last year on charges he describes as politically motivated and continues to speak out on social media. Last year, a Russian court labeled his Anti-Corruption Fund and the network of its regional staffs as extremist and banned their activities in Russia.

The activist, who achieved the position of leader of the opposition through his fight against corruption in the country’s elites, was recovering in Germany for several months last year from poisoning, which, according to Western laboratories, was caused by a combat agent from the Novichok group. Navalny accused the Kremlin of the poisoning, which rejected the accusation and even questioned the very fact of the poisoning, confirmed by Western experts. Police arrested the dissident upon his return to his homeland, and Navalny was to serve roughly 2.5 years in prison for violating the terms of an earlier sentence for alleged embezzlement. Navalny described his imprisonment as politically motivated. Large-scale protests broke out in the country because of him last year, and the regime cracked down on them. This March, Navalny was sentenced to another nine-year sentence for alleged fraud and contempt of court. After another accusation – of founding an extremist group – Navalny faces a sentence of up to fifteen years.

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