Alexei Navalny jokes in first appearance from new prison

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Alexei Navalny jokes in first appearance from new prison

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny made his first public appearance in a video call since being moved to an Arctic penal colony.

Navalny had been moved to the IK-3 penal colony, nicknamed “Polar Wolf”, in the northern town of Kharp, some 1,900km (1,200 miles) northeast of Moscow in December.

It’s seen as one of the toughest jails in Russia and most detainees held there have been convicted of serious crimes.

Speaking with journalists on the video call, Navalny appeared to be in good spirits, joking that he was yet to receive any Christmas mail, due to being “quite far away”.

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