Alexei Navalny: Critics of the Kremlin have been relocated to a tougher penal colony

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A critic of the Navalny Kremlin was transferred to a tougher penal colony

Navalny in Pokrov - an opposition activist was sentenced to nine years in prison Navalny in Pokrov - an opposition activist was sentenced to nine years in prison

Navalny in Pokrov – an opposition activist was sentenced to nine years in prison

Source: dpa / Alexander Zemlianichenko

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So far, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny has been in the Pokrov penal colony. He was now transferred to a camp with harsher prison conditions. Meanwhile, the confidants did not know where Navalny was and feared for his life.

DRussian government critic Alexei Navalny, who has been in prison since 2021, has been transferred to another penal colony – according to his own statements with harsher conditions. He was transferred to penal colony 6 in Melechowo near the town of Kovrov and is currently in quarantine, the 46-year-old Instagram said on Wednesday.

Relatives, employees, friends and supporters have previously feared where the Kremlin’s cruel opponent, Vladimir Putin, is. Naval spokeswoman Kira Jarmysch said the day before that she was in danger of death.

The lawyer of the prominent anti-corruption fighter did not receive any information on Tuesday where the opposition leader was transferred in the Pokrov prison camp. Now the lawyer also saw Navalny in the penal camp, Jarmysch said. The power apparatus is doing everything possible to make it more difficult for lawyers and family to contact Navalny, Jarmysch said.

In May, the court upheld Navalny’s nine-year prison sentence for alleged fraud. Transfer to a penal camp with stricter prison rules became legally binding. Navalnyj denies all the allegations and considers them politically motivated.

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Tábor Kovrov is about 150 kilometers away from the Pokrov penal colony. It is about 260 kilometers northeast of the Russian capital Moscow. In Russian felony prisons, prisoners are less likely to meet relatives, receive parcels and letters, or go out into the fresh air.

Jarmysch said he could be killed in a brutal penal camp system, citing a poisonous attack on Navalny in August 2020. Navalny, who barely survived, blames Putin for the assassination.

At the end of May, Navalny himself informed about the new indictment of the Russian judiciary. This time it is extremism and a possible sentence of another 15 years in prison. His anti-corruption foundation was previously classified as extremist in Russia.

Navalny was arrested in January 2021 after returning from Germany at Moscow Airport. He was previously treated in Berlin for neurotoxin poisoning from the Novichok group, which he suffered in Russia, blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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