Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny, on the eve of protest, says he has no plans to commit suicide By Reuters


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By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) – Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Friday that he wanted it to be known that he had no plans to commit suicide in prison, as he issued a message of support to his supporters on the eve of the protests that he says the authorities, they are illegal. Navalny was taken into custody Sunday after flying home for the first time since he was poisoned with what the West says was a military-grade nerve agent that Navalny said was applied to his underpants by state security agents. The 44-year-old lawyer, in a Moscow prison awaiting the outcome of four legal matters he describes as fabricated, accuses President Vladimir Putin of ordering his assassination attempt. Putin has dismissed that, claiming Navalny is part of a US-backed dirty trick campaign to discredit him. Navalny’s allies plan nationwide protests on Saturday to try to force the Kremlin to order his release. Authorities opened a criminal case against protest organizers, accused Navalny’s allies of trying to illegally encourage minors to attend, and warned that attendees are at risk of contracting COVID-19. Navalny, in a message on Instagram through his lawyer, said he wanted people to know that he was in good physical and mental health. “Just in case, I am announcing that I do not plan to hang on a window grill or cut my veins or cut my throat with a sharp spoon,” the message read. “I use the ladder very carefully. They measure my blood pressure every day and it is like that of a cosmonaut, so a sudden heart attack is ruled out. I know for sure that there are many good people outside my prison and that help will come. “He wrote. Authorities made it clear they will crack down on Saturday’s protests. On Friday, Moscow courts sentenced Navalny’s spokeswoman to nine days in jail, gave another ally 10 days and fined others 250,000 rubles for what they said were illegal calls to attend the protests. Navalny supporters outside Moscow were also targeted, and Russia said TikTok and other social networks had removed what they called illegal posts promoting the protests. Maria Zakharova, spokesperson from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Facebook (NASDAQ :): “When minors are invited to (political) gatherings don’t e Expect good. Because children are drawn into political battles when all other options do not work, which means that the ideologues of this process are willing to do anything to achieve their goals. ”

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