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Imprisoned Russian draws prison life for messaging stickers

  • Drawings by Oleg Navalny are seen on a mobile phone messaging app Telegram in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. The imprisoned brother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has drawn a set of stickers depicting life in prison for Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app. Oleg Navalny was sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail in December for defrauding a cosmetics company in a verdict which was largely described as retribution for the political ambitions of his brother who got a suspended sentence in the same trial. (AP Photo)

    Drawings by Oleg Navalny are seen on a mobile phone messaging app Telegram in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. The imprisoned brother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has drawn a set of stickers depicting life in prison for Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app. Oleg Navalny was sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail in December for defrauding a cosmetics company in a verdict which was largely described as retribution for the political ambitions of his brother who got a suspended sentence in the same trial. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 file photo, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, left, and his brother Oleg Navalny stand at a court in Moscow, Russia. The imprisoned brother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has drawn a set of stickers depicting life in prison for Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app. Oleg Navalny was sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail in December for defrauding a cosmetics company in a verdict which was largely described as retribution for the political ambitions of his brother who got a suspended sentence in the same trial. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 file photo, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, left, and his brother Oleg Navalny stand at a court in Moscow, Russia. The imprisoned brother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has drawn a set of stickers depicting life in prison for Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app. Oleg Navalny was sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail in December for defrauding a cosmetics company in a verdict which was largely described as retribution for the political ambitions of his brother who got a suspended sentence in the same trial. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)  (The Associated Press)

The imprisoned brother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has drawn a set of stickers depicting life in prison for a popular messaging app.

Oleg Navalny was sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail in December 2014 for defrauding a cosmetics company in a verdict which was largely seen as retribution for the political ambitions of his brother, who got a suspended sentence in the same trial.

Moscow-based urban planner Pavel Akimov says he has approached Navalny after seeing his drawing in the media with the idea of using them on Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app.

Some of the stickers, drawn in pencil, are bleak, illustrating guard brutality and suicide; others are ironic and black-humored. Telegram accepts user-generated content and these stickers are available online.