Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny, on protest eve, says has no plans to commit suicide

The authorities have opened a criminal case into protest organisers, accused Navalny's allies of trying to illegally encourage minors to attend, and warned that attendees risk catching COVID-19. Navalny, in a message on Instagram via his lawyer, said he wanted people to know he was in good physical and mental health.

Reuters | Moscow | Updated: 22-01-2021 23:34 IST | Created: 22-01-2021 23:29 IST
Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny, on protest eve, says has no plans to commit suicide
File Photo Image Credit: ANI

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Friday he wanted it known that he had no plans to commit suicide in prison, as he issued a message of support to his followers on the eve of protests the authorities say are illegal.

Navalny was detained on Sunday after flying home for the first time since being poisoned with what the West says was a military-grade nerve agent that Navalny says was applied to his underpants by state security agents. The 44-year-old lawyer, in a Moscow prison pending the outcome of four legal matters he describes as trumped up, accuses President Vladimir Putin of ordering his attempted murder. Putin has dismissed that, alleging Navalny is part of a U.S.-backed dirty tricks campaign to discredit him.

Navalny's allies plan nationwide protests on Saturday to try to force the Kremlin to order his release. The authorities have opened a criminal case into protest organisers, accused Navalny's allies of trying to illegally encourage minors to attend, and warned that attendees risk catching COVID-19.

Navalny, in a message on Instagram via his lawyer, said he wanted people to know he was in good physical and mental health. "Just in case, I am announcing that I don't plan to either hang myself on a window grill or cut my veins or throat open with a sharpened spoon," the post said.

"I use the staircase very carefully. They measure my blood pressure every day and it's like a cosmonaut's so a sudden heart attack is ruled out. I know for a fact that there are many good people outside my prison and that help will come," he wrote. The authorities have made it clear they will crack down on Saturday's protests.

On Friday, Moscow courts sentenced Navalny's spokeswoman to nine days in jail, gave another ally 10 days, and fined another 250,000 roubles for what they said were illegal calls to attend the protests. Navalny supporters outside Moscow were also targeted and Russia said that TikTok and other social media had deleted what it called illegal posts promoting the protests.

Maria Zakharova, a foreign ministry spokeswoman, said on Facebook: "When minors are being invited to (political) meetings do not expect anything good. Because children are dragged into political battles when all other options are not working, which means that the ideologues of this process are ready to do anything to achieve their goals."

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Addressing conflict-related sexual violence at long last

... ...

Why unequal access to coronavirus vaccines is a threat to us all

... ...

India’s love affair with fossil fuels: the path to sustainable development?

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Pollard hits six sixes in an over as Windies beat Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka leg-spinner Akila Dananjaya experienced the precipitous highs and lows of Twenty20 cricket when he claimed a hat trick which included the wicket of West Indies star Chris Gayle for a first-ball duck, then was hit for six sixes in ...

Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal announce first production 'Girls Will Be Girls'

Actor-couple Richa Chadha and Ali Fazals first project as producers will be the coming-of-age story Girls Will Be Girls.The two actors, who have worked together on Fukrey series, will produce the project through their newly-launched banner ...

Maha: 9 held for robbing trader of Rs 25 lakh in Palghar

Police have arrested nine persons for allegedly robbing a trader of Rs 25 lakh here in Maharashtra, an official said.The victim, hailing from Jaipur, had along with some persons set up a firm for purchase and sale of items like masks and sa...

U.S. House passes 'George Floyd' police reform bill, Senate prospects unclear

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday banning controversial police tactics and easing the way for lawsuits against officers violating suspects constitutional rights, although the measures Senate prospects were uncerta...

Give Feedback