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Russia confirms Navalny’s transfer to a high-security prison

The opposition leader, Alexei Navalni, during the trial. / AFP

The announcement is made after his circle denounced that he was missing

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The Russian authorities have confirmed that the prominent opponent Alexei Navalni has been transferred to a high-security prison in the Vladimir region, on the outskirts of the capital, Moscow, after his circle reported that his whereabouts were unknown.

“Navalni has been transferred to a strict regime colony, IK-6, in the town of Melejovo, in the Vladimir region,” said the chairman of the regional Public Supervision Commission, Sergei Yazhan, in a statement granted to the Russian news agency Interfax.

During the day on Tuesday, Navalni’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, denounced that the opponent’s whereabouts were unknown after being transferred from the prison where he was serving an eleven-year prison sentence. “Navalni has been transferred from penal colony number 2,” she said, before adding that “neither his lawyers nor his relatives have been notified of this transfer.” Yarmysh noted however that there were “rumors” about his transfer to IK-6 in Melekhovo.

Navalni has been in detention since he returned to Moscow in January 2021, after recovering in Berlin from a serious poisoning suffered a few months earlier. Then, the Justice determined that he should enter prison to serve a sentence for fraud of two and a half years issued in 2014.

Subsequently, he was sentenced in March to another nine years in prison after being found guilty of fraud and contempt, the latter charge in relation to insulting a judge and the prosecutor during a libel trial against a World War II veteran (1941- 1945) in a message posted on the social network Twitter in June 2020, in which case he was fined 850,000 rubles.

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