political prisoner


: a person put in prison because of his or her political beliefs

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Recent Examples on the Web Navalny was Russia's highest profile political prisoner. Kim Hjelmgaard and Anna Nemtsova, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2024 But last summer, after Russia’s politicized judicial system added 19 years for extremism to previous sentences totaling more than 11 years, Navalny wrote a long post on social media comparing himself to former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky and accepting his fate as a political prisoner. Catherine Belton, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 The singer spoke up for the freedom of the Ukrainian people and against Russian leader Vladimir Putin — who many believe is directly responsible for the political prisoner’s still-unexplained death — before leading the crowd in a chant of Navalny’s name. Chris Willman, Variety, 18 Feb. 2024 Elegantly directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, Sunset Baby centers on Kenyatta (a heartbreaking Russell Hornsby), a Black revolutionary and formerly incarcerated political prisoner who seeks out his adult daughter, Nina (played with lacerating force by Moses Ingram). Liz Appel, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2024 Lai, 76, is the great entrepreneur and democracy advocate in Hong Kong who has been a political prisoner since 2020. Nr Editors, National Review, 26 Jan. 2024 Nicaragua on Sunday released 19 clergymen from prison, including Bishop Rolando Álvarez, the country’s most prominent political prisoner, and expelled them to the Vatican. José De Córdoba, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2024 Evgenia Kara-Murza is the wife of Vladimir Kara-Murza, the Russian political prisoner. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 27 Nov. 2023 My uncle was 25, and his stint as a political prisoner lasted eight months. Martina Ibáñez-Baldor, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023

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“Political prisoner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political%20prisoner. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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