- Title: Alexei Navalny: Putin's vocal opponent tipped for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
- Date: 28th September 2021
- Summary: VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA (FILE - JANUARY 23, 2021) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS PROFANITY*** PROTESTERS FORMING HUMAN CHAIN, CHANTING (Russian): "(RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR) PUTIN IS A THIEF" POLICE AND PROTESTERS SCUFFLING / POLICE BACKING OFF A Russian court on January 28 ordered Navalny to be kept in jail, rejecting an appeal against his detention and shrugging off calls by the West and tens of thousands of his Russian supporters for his release. MOSCOW, RUSSIA (FILE - JANUARY 28, 2021) (REUTERS) NAVALNY SEEN ENTERING ROOM, WAVING VIA VIDEOLINK SCREEN SHOWING NAVALNY AND COURT, JOURNALISTS WATCHING (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) JAILED KREMLIN CRITIC ALEXEI NAVALNY, SAYING (SEEN ON SCREEN VIA VIDEOLINK): "I want to conclude my speech, my opinion on this appeal by saying that I believe, I am confident and declare that they are not the masters of our country and will never be. And a huge number of people - tens of millions of people - agree with me. And we will never allow these people to seize and steal our country. Yes, now the power is on your side and now you have the opportunity to put one person next to me, the second person next to me, handcuff me, but this will not last forever. Thank you very much, I support the appeal, I demand my release."" Russian police detained over 5,000 people on January 31 as people rallied nationwide for a second weekend in support of Navalny. ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (FILE - JANUARY 31, 2021) (REUTERS) RIOT POLICE DRAGGING STRUGGLING PROTESTER, PROTESTER SCREAMING (Russian) "HELP ME! STOP ELECTROSHOCKING ME BITCHES" POLICE CARRYING PROTESTER AWAY, PROTESTER SHOUTING (Russian): "LET ME GO! I DON'T WANT IT! FREEDOM!" PROTESTER BEING DRAGGED BY POLICE / PROTESTERS HITTING POLICE / POLICE WIELDING BATONS POLICE TACKLING PROTESTER TO GROUND / LEADING PROTESTER AWAY CROWD OF PROTESTERS RALLYING MOSCOW, RUSSIA (FILE - JANUARY 31, 2021) (REUTERS) POLICE LINE STANDING IN FRONT OF LINE OF PROTESTERS, PROTESTERS CHANTING (Russian): "DISGRACE" POLICE ARRESTING PROTESTERS POLICE DRAGGING AWAY PROTESTER / PROTESTER THROWING SNOW AT POLICE VARIOUS OF POLICE DETAINING PEOPLE NEAR PRISON WHERE ALEXEI NAVALNY IS HELD
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- Keywords: 2021 Nobel Prize Russia Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny Vladimir Putin coma jail term poisoned protests
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- Country: Russia
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Imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is among the nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Navalny, 45, a strong and vocal opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was nominated for his â€œefforts for a peaceful democratisation of Russiaâ€ by Norwegian former minister Ola Elvestuen.
He was poisoned in August 2020 by what Western nations said was a nerve agent and is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for parole violations he calls trumped up.
The EU has imposed sanctions on Russian officials over Navalny's poisoning and imprisonment.
Moscow denies any wrongdoing and accuses the EU of meddling in its domestic affairs.
Navalny is also nominated for the 2021 European Parliament's annual human rights prize.
This year's Nobel Prizes, awarded for achievements in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics, will be announced from October 4 to 11.
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