Person of the Week: Russian authorities designate Aleksei Navalny a ‘terrorist’

Week-ending 15 October 2021

On 11 October 2021 jailed Aleksei Navalny was removed from the ‘flight list’ category but added to a ‘terrorist watch list’ on the grounds that he is allegedly someone who ‘espouses an extremist and terrorist ideology.’


RFE/RL, 11 October 2021: Imprisoned opposition leader Aleksei Navalny says prison officials in Russia have declared him a person “who espouses an extremist and terrorist ideology,” but officially no longer regard him as an escape risk.

The Moscow Times, 11 October 2021: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Monday that his prison has lifted his designation as a “flight risk” and placed him on its “terrorist watch list.”

The Moscow Times, 11 October 2021: Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has congratulated Dmitry Muratov on his Nobel Peace Prize win Monday, days after the Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief’s win highlighted deep divisions in Russia’s opposition.

RFE/RL, 14 October 2021: A Russian court has imposed one year of restrictions on freedom of movement on Anastasia Vasilyeva, the personal doctor of jailed Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny, after finding her guilty of breaching COVID-19 safety rules. Vasilyeva, also the chief of the Alliance of Doctors NGO, was prosecuted for urging people earlier this year to join a protest against Navalny’s imprisonment that authorities said was illegal due to COVID-19 safety restrictions.

RFE/RL, 14 October 2021: Imprisoned Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny says his supporters who have left Russia in the face of growing repression can continue their efforts to oppose the Russian government from abroad.

RFE/RL, 14 October 2021: Jailed Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, a group of Afghan women, and a jailed Bolivian opposition politician are the final three candidates for the European Parliament’s top human rights prize.

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