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Alexei Navalny’s whereabouts unknown – Likely transferred to stricter prison colony

The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was transferred from the IK-6 penal colony located in the Vladimir region, east of Moscow, but is current whereabouts unknownreported today his partners on the X social media platform, as reported by APE-MPE.

Navalny’s associates were prepared for a possible transfer in which strict colony after he was sentenced in August to an additional 19 years in prison.

Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmish said staff at the IK-6 colony in the town of Melekhovo, 235km east of Moscow, had told his lawyer, who was waiting outside the penitentiary, that the opposition leader was no longer among the prisoners. . “Where they took him, they don’t say” she said in a post on the X social media platform.

The process of transporting prisoners by train across vast Russia can take weeks, with relatives and families unable to find out about their whereabouts and well-being until they reach their destination. Navalny’s lawyers could not be reached as of last Tuesday.

His aide Liubov Sobol told Reuters last week that his supporters fear he has been moved to a new prison colony and that the timing is linked to the start of the presidential election campaign in which Vladimir Putin will seek another six-year term. service.

“They are so afraid of Navalny, who is in prison, who has limited mail rights, can’t see his family and so on, that they decided during the time that Putin is going to be a candidate, to just cut Navalny off. in every possible way from the outside world. God forbid he make a statement,” Sobol said.

Navalny’s associate Leonid Volkov wrote in a post on X that the timing “is 0% coincidence and 100% direct political control by the Kremlin.” He added: “It is no secret for Putin that he is his main opponent in this ‘election’.” And he wants to be sure that Navalny’s voice will not be heard.” There was no immediate comment from the Kremlin. Putin and his spokesman are careful never to mention Navalny by name in an effort to portray him as politically irrelevant. They say he is treated like any other prisoner.

Source: News Beast

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