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Navalny in a penal colony in the Russian Arctic – News

Navalny in a penal colony in the Russian Arctic – News

Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, whose family has not heard from him for nearly three weeks, is in a penal colony in Kharib in the Russian Arctic, Russian opposition spokeswoman Alexei Navalny said today. “We found Navalny. He is in prison colony No. 3 in the city of Kharp, in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Oblast,” Kira Yarmysh wrote on the X website, explaining that the opponent is “fine” and that his lawyer has visited him.

Kharp, a small town with a population of about 5,000 people, is located in Yamalo-Nyntsya, a remote region in northern Russia. It is located beyond the Arctic Circle and is home to several penal colonies. Alexei Navalny is serving a 19-year prison sentence for “extremism.” His family and collaborators have not heard from him since the beginning of December. Under the ruling, Navalny, accused of “extremism,” must serve his sentence in a “special regime” colony, a category of facilities where detention conditions are the harshest and which are usually reserved for lifelong prisoners and the most dangerous prisoners. “From the beginning it was clear that the authorities wanted to isolate Alexei, especially before the presidential elections” scheduled for March 2024, Ivan Zhdanov, one of his close aides, commented on X. Transfers from a prison colony to other countries in Russia often require Several weeks of train travel with stops, and the families of the detainees are left without news during this period. The lack of news about the opposition leader has raised concerns in many Western capitals and at the United Nations.

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