Serb President ‘horrified’ by Russian actions on Navalny, could affect Serb-Russian ties – Vučić

Aleksandar Vučić and Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Aleksandar Vučić and Volodymyr Zelenskyy

The death of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny could negatively affect the relationship between Serbia and Russia, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić told Serbian broadcaster Prva on Feb. 18.

Vučić said that he was “horrified” by Navalny's death in a Russian detention facility.

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Serbia's current stance towards Russia should be considered in the context of the war in Ukraine and the outcome of the upcoming U.S. presidential elections in November, he said.

Russian authorities announced the death of 47-year-old opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Feb. 16. The politician spent the last three years in prison. He was arrested immediately after returning to Russia from Germany in January 2021.

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Since late 2023, he had been serving his sentence in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in the Russian Far North.

According to an investigation by The Insider, Bellingcat, and CNN with the participation of Der Spiegel, a special unit of the FSB’s Criminal Investigation Department played a key role in Navalny’s poisoning.

In February 2021, a Russian court sentenced Navalny to 3.5 years in prison in the so-called Yves Rocher case.

In March 2022, Navalny was sentenced to another 9 years in prison in a case of fraud and contempt of court. In August 2023, he was sentenced to 19 years in a special regime colony under six articles on “extremism”.

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In December 2023, Navalny was transferred to a colony in the village of Kharp in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, above the Arctic Circle. It is considered a colony “for particularly dangerous repeat offenders” and is characterized by extremely harsh prison conditions.

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