Alexej Navalny sends a Valentine from prison to his wife


Kremlin critic reported to his wife while in custody – with a Valentine on Instagram. Julia Navalnaja also got in touch there a short time later.

The Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny imprisoned in Russia sent a love greeting to his wife Julia on Instagram on Valentine’s Day. “I love you,” it said in the post published on his account on Sunday. “And I make all the jokes in the courtroom to make you laugh in the front row.” The post also contained a photo of the Navalny couple together.

Julia Navalnaja responded a little later on Instagram with a photo in which she and Alexej are sitting on a bench at a distance from each other and stretching out their hands one after the other. “I am not sad, I know that everything will be fine,” she wrote. For this Sunday, Navalny’s supporters across Russia had called for decentralized protests with flashlights – among other things to express solidarity with Navalnaya, who is now expected to be separated from her husband for several years.

Navalny was sentenced to serving a three-and-a-half year prison camp just under two weeks ago in a trial that was heavily criticized in the West. He is said to have violated probation requirements in a previous criminal case while recovering from a poison attack in Germany. Several months of house arrest and imprisonment are credited to him, so that his lawyers assume two years and eight months in the prison camp. His imprisonment sparked protests across Russia with tens of thousands of participants in late January.

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