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Imprisoned Russian activist Alexei Navalny tweeted The revelations on Tuesday that Russian officials are now blocking his legal team from accessing any records in his criminal case come just a week after the State Department intervened in its defense for violating Navalny’s rights. condemned Russia.

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Navalny said the administrators of his penal colony had “snatched all the papers from my lawyer” and “will decide what is relevant to the criminal case and what is not.”

Navalny earlier this month Told Officials were limiting her access to the documents, but her lawyers were still able to see the records.

He has also said that officials are reducing how much time they are allowed to spend with their lawyers.

The State Department on September 9. condemned the action in StatementSaying that the Russian government is “arbitrarily interfering” [Alexei] Navalny’s rights,” noting that he has faced repeated times in solitary confinement for minor alleged violations.

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"When I thought I'd hit rock bottom, they knocked down and said: 'Now we forbid you even to listen to what's written in any document,'" Navalny said. "I think my next post will be about being brought to the meeting with my lawyer, who was tied with tape to my mouth."

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Navalny was sentenced to nine years in a "strict regime penal colony" earlier this year after he was found guilty of parole violations related to a 2014 fraud conviction - widely ridiculed as a political pretense Decision. Prior to his sentencing, Navalny became famous as perhaps the most outspoken Russian critic of President Vladimir Putin, especially after being the victim of a failed poisoning attempt in 2020. Putin has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack. Navalny's notoriety rose again in 2021 after the release of his film Putin's Palace, which reportedly documented the construction of a massive residence on the shores of the Black Sea to serve as a home for Putin. with him Too Criticized Russia's move to invade Ukraine on several occasions.

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Russia has tightened its criticism of the government since its invasion of Ukraine. Marina Ovsyannikova, a Russian journalist, faces up to ten years in prison for displaying an anti-war message during a TV news broadcast shortly after the invasion.

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