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Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny in "strong" pain and his team fears for his life, lawyer says

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Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny is in great pain, his lawyer said Thursday after visiting him in prison, adding that allies were afraid for his life.

"He is suffering from strong back pain and pain in his right leg," lawyer Olga Mikhailova said in remarks on Dozhd television. "Everyone is afraid for his life and health."

Earlier this month, Navalny was transferred to a prison facility about 90 miles outside of Moscow and placed into an isolation cell, his lawyer Vadim Kobzev told CBS News.

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Protesters hold a banner reading "FREE NAVALNY" as some 2,500 supporters of Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny march in protest to demand his release from prison in Moscow on January 23, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.  Omer Messinger / Getty Images

Navalny was arrested on January 17 immediately upon his return to Moscow from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from poisoning with a Soviet-era nerve agent. His arrest prompted weeks of mass protests, with thousands rallying on the streets of Russian cities, including the capital, where large crowds gathered at outside the detention facility where he had been held until last week.

Thousands of people were detained amid fierce clashes with riot police.

Navalny was sentenced to two and a half years in prison last month for violating the terms of a previous suspended sentence. He has always dismissed all the charges against him as politically motivated.

Earlier this month, the Biden administration announced it was imposing sanctions on seven senior Russian government officials in response to Navalny's poisoning and detention.

Alexandra Odynova contributed to this report.

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