Jailed Russian Opposition Leader Navalny is Dead – Prison Service

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Russian political and social activist Alexei Navalny speaks during an opposition protest in central Moscow December 5, 2011.

MOSCOW, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is dead, the prison service of the Yamalo-Nenets region where he had been serving his sentence said on Friday.

In a statement published on its website, the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District said that Navalny “felt unwell” after a walk on Friday, and “almost immediately lost consciousness.”

It said that medical staff had been called, but that they were unable to resuscitate Navalny. It said the reason of death was being established.