Reports surfaced noting that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny died in prison. The news was revealed via the Russian prison service. The 47-year-old opposition leader reportedly survived several poisoning attempts. 

NBC News noted Navalny was poisoned via a military nerve agent in 2020 while on a business trip, with the blame being placed on Vladimir Putin at the time. The opposition leader was serving 30 years in jail at the time of his death, and he went missing in the Russian penal system in December 2023 before eventually showing up at a penal colony located above the Arctic Circle. 

A cause of death was provided by the Russian Federal Prison Service, which said, “On February 16, 2024, in penal colony No. 3, convict A.A. Navalny felt unwell after a walk, almost immediately losing consciousness.” They continued, “The facility’s medical workers immediately arrived at the scene, and an emergency medical team was called in. All necessary resuscitation measures have been carried out, but they did not yield positive results. Emergency medics confirmed the death of the convict.” 

The mother of Navalny—Lyudmila Navalnaya, took to Facebook and said, “I don’t want to hear any condolences. We saw him in prison on the (Feb) 12 in a meeting. He was alive, healthy and happy.” Stay tuned for more updates.