Alexei Navalny has had his sarcastic calls for to Russian jail directors of a pet kangaroo, a balalaika, and a bottle of moonshine liquor denied.
The checklist of outlandish requests included a megaphone for a prisoner in a close-by cell “so he can yell even louder”, a therapeutic massage chair and an award of the very best rank in karate for an inmate who “killed a person along with his naked arms”.
Navalny, a critic of Vladimir Putin, launched his exchanges with the jail administration on Twitter, and defined the way it gave him some “leisure”.
Mr Navalny wrote: “If you find yourself sitting in a punishment isolation cell and have little leisure, you’ll be able to have enjoyable with correspondence with the administration.”
He’s at the moment in a maximum-security penal colony at Melekhovo, about 115 miles east of Moscow.
The 46-year-old expressed mock outrage at not being allowed to maintain a kangaroo in his cell.
His Twitter submit learn: “Right here is crucial and egregious factor. I simply can’t let this move… I’ll proceed to struggle for my inalienable proper to have a kangaroo.”
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In March final 12 months, the outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin and the Ukraine struggle was sentenced to nine years in prison after he was discovered responsible of large-scale fraud and contempt of court docket.
Mr Navalny reportedly misplaced 8kg in simply over two weeks while in jail and was apparently scuffling with a thriller ailment resulting from claims of being poisoned.
He beforehand suffered a novichok nerve-agent poisoning earlier than his jail sentence, which he blamed on the Kremlin.
He additionally mentioned that he’s being investigated on terrorism costs that could see him sentenced to 30 years in prison, which his aides have branded as “absurd allegations”.
Mr Navalny will flip 47 on 4 June and to mark his birthday, his crew has known as for rallies throughout Russia and elsewhere.