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Navalny Whereabouts Unknown

Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who has been serving time in a penal colony east of Moscow on an array of charges, is reportedly missing. The 47-year-old was due to appear via video for a court hearing yesterday but failed to show up. His attorneys said they have been unable to get in touch with him for six days, while two penal colonies where Navalny was believed to be claimed he was not listed as an inmate.

Navalny, who has been in prison since January 2021 (see overview), was scheduled to transfer to a higher-security penal colony after being sentenced in August to 19 years in prison on extremism charges. He had already been serving a nearly 12-year prison term for other charges, including fraud. Navalny's disappearance comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin begins his presidential campaign for a fifth term.

Separately, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Washington, DC, yesterday to meet with President Joe Biden and leaders from Congress this week as he appeals for more aid. US lawmakers remain at an impasse over a multibillion-dollar national security spending package, which includes roughly $60B in aid for Ukraine. 

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