Alexey Navalny transferred to maximum-security prison

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The jailed politician was relocated to a maximum-security prison in Melekhovo within the Vladimir Region, in accordance to Russia’s state media outlet TASS citing Sergey Yazhan, chairman of the regional public oversight fee.

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Yazhan advised TASS on Tuesday that Navalny had arrived on the prison. However, Navalny’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh stated on Twitter that regardless of media stories Navalny’s staff had not acquired affirmation of his switch to Melekhovo.

The transfer is in keeping with the choose’s orders at his sentencing in March, when a Moscow court docket sentenced Navalny to an extra 9 years in a maximum-security prison. He was convicted on fraud prices by Moscow’s Lefortovo court docket over allegations that he stole from his Anti-Corruption Foundation.

Navalny had talked about the anticipated transfer in a Telegram put up in May, writing darkly that he had heard a “prison within a prison” awaited him at Melekhovo.

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“My sentence has not yet entered into force, but the prisoners from the strict regime colony Melekhovo write that they are equipping a ‘prison within a prison’ for me,” he wrote.

Lyudmila Romanova, the Vladimir area commissioner for human rights — a neighborhood authorities ombudsman — advised TASS on Tuesday that the prison has a superb repute.

Earlier Tuesday, Navalny’s authorized staff stated they didn’t know the whereabouts of the outspoken Kremlin critic.

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“He was transferred to a maximum-security prison as his verdict [in the new criminal case] came into force but we don’t know which one,” his lawyer Olga Mikhailova advised CNN. “Where he is exactly, is unknown to us.”

“We’ll keep searching [for him],” Mikhailova added.

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According to Yarmysh, Navalny’s attorneys had got here to the penal colony to meet with him and had been knowledgeable that he was not there.

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