Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's punishment cell replicated near the Louvre

People watch a replica of Russian opposition leaderAlexei Navalny jail cell installed on a square near the Louvre Museum in Paris, Tuesday, March 14, 2023
People watch a replica of Russian opposition leaderAlexei Navalny jail cell installed on a square near the Louvre Museum in Paris, Tuesday, March 14, 2023 Copyright Thomas Padilla/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved
By Mark Armstrong with AP
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A replica of the concrete punishment cell that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is periodically placed in has been unveiled near the Louvre in Paris

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A replica of the concrete punishment cell that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is periodically placed in has been unveiled near the Louvre in Paris.

The organisers said the cell shows the conditions that the opposition politician has been subjected to in the penal colony in the Vladimir region where he is being held, describing it as "a prison within a prison."

Navalny has spent more than 100 days of the past six months in the punishment cell.

Visitors can venture inside the makeshift cell “to assess the conditions” in which President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critic has been held, according to organisers of the event.

Navalny, 46, has spent his career fighting official corruption.

He suffered a near-fatal poisoning with a nerve agent in 2020 that he blames on the Kremlin.

After five months of recovering in Germany, he returned to Russia and was immediately arrested.

He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for a parole violation, and last year was sentenced to another nine-year term for fraud and contempt of court.

A film about Navalny’s poisoning and political activism won the Oscar for the best documentary feature on Sunday.

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