Navalny is missing, a Russian prison says he's no longer there, a spokeswoman says

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Dec 11, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-11 12:30:59-05

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The whereabouts of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny are unknown and a spokeswoman says that officials at the penal colony where he was serving his sentence told a lawyer that he's no longer on the inmate roster.

The spokeswoman sounded the alarm on Monday, nearly a week after not being able to contact Navalny.

The opposition leader is President Vladimir Putin's fiercest foe.

Navalny had been facing transfer to a facility with the highest security level in the Russian penitentiary system.

Russian prison transfers are notorious for taking a long time during which there's no access to prisoners and information about their whereabouts is limited or unavailable.