In the cold confines of an Arctic Russian prison, Aleksei A. Navalny’s fight against Russian corruption and his stand against President Vladimir V. Putin’s regime came to an end.

On February 16th at 2:17 PM local time, at the age of 47, and after a long battle that included arrests, assaults, and a brush with death due to poisoning, Navalny passed away. His death, confirmed by Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service and his spokesperson, Kira Yarmysh, marks a sad chapter in Russia’s contemporary political history.

Few Details Regarding His Cause of Death

Yarmysh conveyed that Navalny’s mother received the official notification of her son’s passing. Details surrounding his death remain scant, with his body moved from the Arctic penal colony, where he endured harsh conditions, to a nearby town for examination. As of this writing,   no cause of death has been provided, and to make matters worse, Navalny’s body has been reported to be “missing” from the morgue.

Without trying to sound too cynical, one might assume this to be a case of death by Putin. That can manifest itself in numerous ways: falling unexpectedly from a hospital window, getting stuck in the leg with a poison pellet, or having your airplane fall from the sky. I could go on, but my point is that crossing Putin is a terminal condition.