Oscars shine light on imprisoned, ailing Putin critic Alexei Navalny

Xavier Roger


As the winners of the best documentary Oscar accepted their golden statue on stage in Hollywood, the Russian opposition leader who was the subject of the film languished in solitary confinement, his health deteriorating, according to colleagues and family members.

Alexei Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal opponent, has been in solitary confinement in a 6-by-11-foot cell for the past five months, Russian activist and journalist Maria Pevchikh said at the Oscar’s on Sunday. 

“I classify his prison conditions as torture,” Pevchikh said backstage, where she had joined the filmmakers behind “Navalny” after they won the Oscar for best feature documentary. 

“He is unwell in terms of health,” she said. “I don’t like to deliver this sort of news but that’s the truth, due to the fact that he’s in solitary confinement… He hasn’t seen any of his family members for almost a year, which is completely illegal.”


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