Amnesty International condemned the “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny in prison

File photo: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is seen on a screen during a court hearing (REUTERS / Evgenia Novozhenina) (EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA /)

Amnesty International (AI) highlighted its concern about the prison conditions of the Russian opponent Alexei Navalnywhere you are receiving a “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment by the Russian prison authorities.

According to the director of AI for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Marie Struthers, Russia carries out “repeated efforts” to isolate Navalny, since the rest of the prisoners are prohibited from talking to him or even looking at him.

“To Alexei Navalny You are not allowed confidential meetings with your attorney. Your health and well-being are at serious riskand this amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, ”Struthers warned, according to the organization itself.

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This is the cell where Navalny is isolated (@Kira_Yarmysh)

Thus, Amnesty International accused the Russian prison authorities of using “cruel methods” in order to “try to break the spirit” of Navalny and making his time in prison “unbearable, humiliating and dehumanizing”.

“We demand the immediate and unconditional release of prisoner of conscience Alexei Navalny and the accountability of all those responsible for their illegal imprisonment and ill-treatment”Struthers concluded.

The Russian authorities renewed last week for the fourth time the solitary confinement of Navalny, who was sentenced to spend another 15 days in a solitary cell in the Melekhovo prison, located about 260 kilometers north of the capital, Moscow.

The Russian Justice confirmed at the end of May the sentence of nine years in prison against the opponent, accused of fraud and contempt, which implies not only extending his time in prison but also a toughening of the prison conditions, which will already be subject to a stricter regime.

File photo: Navalny attends a hearing (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)
File photo: Navalny attends a hearing (REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov) (MAXIM SHEMETOV /)

The 46-year-old dissident gained notoriety with a blog denouncing corruption, and before he was jailed he organized protests across Russia. In 2018 he tried to run for president, but was excluded from the elections in which Putin won his fourth term.

He was arrested in January 2021 upon his return from Berlin, where he spent several months recovering after narrowly surviving a poisoning of which he accuses President Vladimir Putin.

(With information from EuropaPress)

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