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Champion of the Quran, Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny filed a complaint from his Pokrov prison, east of Moscow. But not for the reasons one might imagine. As reported by French regional daily Sud Ouest, the historical opponent of Vladimir Putin, victim of an alleged poisoning in the summer of 2020, has filed a complaint on religious grounds.

Published: April 14, 2021, 9:55 am

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    Navalny has indeed decided to study the Quran “in depth” in order, he says, to “understand” it while in detention.

    Accused in the past of having held racist positions, the Russian opponent has allegedly calmed down and has now embarked on a spiritual journey while still denouncing his conditions of detention. When he arrived at his Pokrov prison, he explained that he had taken books with him, but they had to be “checked for extremism”.

    The attention-seeker recounted the response to his request on Instagram. “You are going to check if the Quran is extremist. It’s stupid and illegal,” he lamented on his social media account. This is why he wrote to the prison director and filed a complaint.

    In an effort to curry favour with Muslims, he then deplored the fact that many people, 99 percent even, “constantly discuss Islam” but in the end “know nothing about it”. His stated goal: to become “a champion of the Quran among non-Muslim Russian politicians”. Previously he had called Muslims “flies and cockroaches”.

    Navalny must spend the next two and a half years after his conviction in February for “violation of his judicial control”. Since this announcement, he has also decided to go on a hunger strike. Weighing barely 77 kg today, he has already lost more than eight kilograms and his family is worried about him.

    The prison administration has threatened to feed him by using force, which is allowed in Russia.

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