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The imprisoned Russian opposition leader Navalny moved to an unknown location

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is seen in a Pobeda plane after landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on January 17, 2021. (Kirill Kudryavtsev, AFP)

  • Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been abruptly transferred from the prison where he has served his sentence to an undisclosed location.
  • He was poisoned almost two years ago with what the West said was a nerve agent.
  • His lawyer was told when he arrived at a prison camp that “there was no such convict here”.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has suddenly been transferred from prison, where he is serving an 11-1 / 2 year prison sentence, to an unknown location, almost two years ago, when he was poisoned with what the West said was a nerve agent.

Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, sees President Vladimir Putin’s Russia as a dystopian state run by thieves and criminals, where the clock is judged as right and judges are in fact representatives of a death row inmate elite.

Navalny’s top assistant informed about the transfer on the Telegram app on Tuesday.

Just last month, Navalny apologized via Putin via video link in a Russian court, condemning the Kremlin chief as a lunatic who started a “stupid war” that slaughtered the innocent people of both Ukraine and Russia.

When his lawyer arrived at Criminal Colony No. 2, a prison camp in Pokrov, 119 km east of Moscow, he was told: “No one has been convicted here,” according to Navalny Chief of Staff Leonid Volkov.

Volkov said in a statement on Telegram:

Where Alexei is now and what colony he will be taken to, we do not know.

Navalny’s spokesman said there was speculation that he was being taken to the high-security penal colony IK-6 Melekhovo near Vladimir, about 250 km east of Moscow.

Russia’s prison system could not be reached for immediate comment.

“The problem with his transfer to another colony is not only that the high-security colony is much more intimidating: it’s more that we do not know where Alexei is,” said his spokesman Kira Yarmysh.

“He’s one-on-one with the system that has already tried to kill him.”

He gained admiration from the diverse Russian opposition for voluntarily returning to Russia in 2021 from Germany, where he underwent treatment for what Western laboratory tests showed was an attempt to poison him with a nerve agent in Siberia.

When he returned, he was jailed for breach of probation. Russia rejects Navalny’s claims that Russia’s secret police poisoned him with Novichok.

On March 24, Navalny was sentenced to another nine years in prison for fraud and contempt of court. The opposition leader says the charges against him are fabricated and are intended to thwart his political ambitions.

The judge ordered that Navalny be transferred to a prison with maximum security, where his rights of visitation and correspondence would be reduced.

Navalny’s political network has largely been dismantled since his imprisonment, after being banned as an “extremist” organization. Senior helpers and organizers have either been imprisoned or forced into exile.

Navalny said two weeks ago that he had been charged in a new criminal case with setting up an extremist organization and inciting hatred against the authorities, offenses that carry a maximum prison sentence of 15 years more.

The imprisoned Russian opposition leader Navalny moved to an unknown location

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