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Aleksei Navalny: A Life Of Politics, Protest, And Prison Time


Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, 47, has been jailed more than 10 times since 2011 and, until August 4, 2023, was serving prison terms of nine years and 2 1/2 years on a variety of charges, including embezzlement. On August 4, he was sentenced to 19 years in a maximum-security “special regime” prison after being convicted of extremism and other charges that he calls absurd.

RFE/RL looks back on some of the more memorable challenges that Russia's most prominent anti-Kremlin figure has faced in his years of public activism.

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