Alexei Navalny, one of the most famous opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is no longer among the prisoners of the penal colony where he was until last week: according to his employees, there are no communications about his whereabouts at the moment.
It disappeared into thin air. Alexei Navalnyone of the most famous Putin’s opponentsHe is no longer among the “guests” of Penal Colony No. 6 MelikhovoWhere he was until a week ago: e Officials at facility ‘refuse to say where he was taken’.
After he was sentenced to 19 years in prison last August on charges “extremism” Navalny, who is believed to have clear political motives, is expected to be transferred to A Maximum security prison, the harshest in the Russian prison system.
“On Friday and throughout the day, neither the IK-6 nor IK-7 prison colony responded to lawyers,” Navalny’s spokeswoman wrote again. “Clearly the order has now been given. Alexei’s whereabouts are still unknown.”.
In two different trials, Navalny was sentenced to prison 19 and 11 and a half years in prison.
Navalny’s disappearance occurs at the beginning of the election campaign for Vladimir Putin’s re-election as president. Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s right-hand man, said: “What happened now is 0% pure coincidence and 100% the result of a direct decision from the Kremlin.” «It is no secret that Alexei is Putin’s real opponent in these “elections”. “The president wants his voice not to be heard.”.
There was no comment from the Kremlin. Neither Putin nor his spokesman ever mentioned Navalny by name.
Transfer procedures in Russia can take weeksMeanwhile, the prisoner’s family or acquaintances have no indication of his whereabouts.
Despite the harsh prison regime in which he finds himself, Navalny has often managed, through his lawyer, to publish content critical of the Kremlin. But his isolation became harsher when three of his lawyers were arrested in October on charges of “extremist activities.”
Navalny is 47 years old He has always defined Putin as the leader of a “gang of thieves and corrupt people.”. In 2021, he voluntarily returned to Russia from Germany, where he was hospitalized after being injured Attempted poisoning It happened in Siberia.
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December 11, 2023 (Edited December 11, 2023 | 4:33 pm)
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