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Alexey Navalny during a rally in Moscow in February 2019. Photo: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Jailed Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday that he was informed of three new investigations the Russian government opened against him.

Why it matters: The development comes just weeks before Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet President Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland, for the first in-person summit.

What they're saying: "I'm becoming a more hardened criminal every day," Navalny joked in the Instagram post. "So don't think I'm only sitting in a cell, drinking tea and doing nothing."

  • He said Russia's Investigative Committee is examining alleged thefts of donations to his Anti-Corruption Foundation and accusations that he insulted a judge and committed human rights violations.

Context: Navalny was sentenced to prison in February after being found guilty of violating parole while he recovered in Germany from an assassination attempt involving the nerve agent Novichok, which has been attributed to Russian intelligence.

The Biden administration has previously warned that "that there will be consequences" for Russia if Navalny died in prison.

  • That statement came as Navalny was holding a multi-week hunger strike to protest authorities allegedly denying him medical treatment
  • U.S. and European Union officials have also demanded Navalny's release.

Go deeper: Russia could move to ban Alexei Navalny's opposition networks

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Highlights from Biden's marathon 2-hour press conference

President Biden answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 19. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden Wednesday marked the end of his first year in office with a marathon press conference from the White House East Room, during which he defended his record in office and made headlines on several fronts.

Why it matters: It was only Biden's second solo presser while in office. The president said he would support splitting his flagship budget bill, the Build Back Better Act, to pass it in increments. He also called on the Federal Reserve to do more against inflation, and predicted that Russia will invade Ukraine.

Supreme Court rejects Trump's attempt to shield documents from Jan. 6 committee

Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images

The Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday night a bid by former President Trump to block the release of documents and records from his administration to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Trump asked the Supreme Court to step in and block the release of the documents last month after a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied his attempt to prevent the committee from obtaining the materials.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Biden says Russia likely to invade Ukraine

President Biden addressed the brewing conflict between Russia and Ukraine during a press briefing Wednesday, saying of Russian President Vladimir Putin, "my guess is he will move in."

Why it matters: U.S. officials have issued a series of warnings about Russia's threatening military buildup on the border with Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying in Kyiv earlier Wednesday that Russia could invade "on very short notice."