Alexei Navalny pledges to prosecute Russian prison for withholding his copy of the Quran: Putin critic says book is ‘part of his development as a Christian’
- Alexei Navalny plans to sue the Russian prison for taking his copy of the Koran
- Kremlin critic, 44, is serving a two and a half year sentence for embezzlement
- He was jailed in February this year after returning from Germany, where he had been treated for a poisoning attack
Imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has vowed to indict Russian prison officials for denying him access to the Islamic holy book, the Koran, in his penal colony outside Moscow.
Navalny, 44, who is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence on charges of ancient embezzlement, was jailed in February after returning to Russia from Germany, where he was treated for a poisoning attack.
Russia’s most prominent opposition figure announced a hunger strike two weeks ago to demand adequate medical treatment.
Alexei Navalny, 44, (pictured at a court hearing in February) plans to sue a Russian prison for taking his Quran he says he intended to study
Navalny said he was taking legal action against the prison authorities because “they don’t want to give me my Quran.” And it is annoying. ‘
“ When I was in prison, I made a list of ways that I wanted to improve myself and that I will try to complete in prison. One of the points was to study and understand the Quran in depth, ‘he wrote.
“Books are everything to us, and if you have to sue for the right to read, I’ll sue,” he said.
His post came one day after many Muslims around the world started Ramadan, after religious leaders confirmed that the month of fasting would begin on Tuesday.
Navalny, pictured with his wife and children, was hospitalized in Germany, where he was being treated for a poisoning attack
In his Instagram post Tuesday, Navalny said he had read the Quran before but failed to internalize its core principles.
“I realized that my development as a Christian also requires study of the Quran,” he wrote
This week, his allies said they had lost 15 kg since arriving at the facility last month and that authorities had threatened to force-feed him.
The prison said Navalny was offered appropriate treatment, but declined it, insisting he wanted to be treated by a doctor of his choice from outside the facility. The request has been denied.
is serving two-and-a-half years in prison on charges of old embezzlement after being in prison in February when he returned from Germany
Navalny, who, according to the West, has been falsely jailed and should be released, was transferred to a prison clinic earlier this month after complaining of a high fever and a severe cough.
His lawyers and allies demand that he be transferred to a regular hospital. The Kremlin has said that Navalny is not entitled to special treatment.
He came under fire early in his political career for making nationalist comments and mocking immigrants to Russia from predominantly Muslim countries in Central Asia.
For the past ten years, he has been a thorn in the Kremlin’s side by investigating corruption among officials and leading major protests across Russia.