Russian opposition leader jailed Alexei Navalny denounced this Tuesday that he was transferred again to an isolation cell and that He is enduring “extremely hellish” conditions in prison.
Navalny, 46, is serving a combined sentence of 11 1/2 years in a high-security penal colony for fraud and contempt of court, charges he says were fabricated by the government of Vladimir Putin to silence it.
A documentary about the Russian opposition leader won an Oscar last month.
Navalny said he had been released from solitary confinement on Friday and sentenced to another 15 days there on Monday after supporters released an investigation showing the prison service allegedly paid too much for cabbages and pocketed the surplus.
“So, the day after my colleagues went public with their research into these funny cabbage stories, they put me in the (confinement) cell, immediately started preparing a ‘work cell’ for me and changed the daily routine, turning it from hellish to extremely hellish”he denounced on his social networks.
The Kremlin critic, who survived a poisoning attempt in 2020, has been in punishment cells several times in the past year and his supporters say his life is in danger as his health worsens.
The Russian Interior Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last week, Russia claimed that Navalny supporters had helped assassinate the blogger. Vladlen Tatarsky in Saint Petersburg.
Last week the Russian Prosecutor’s Office requested 25 years in prison for the opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza, in pretrial detention for a year and who is accused of high treason, cooperating with NATO countries and spreading false information about the Russian Army in Ukraine.
“Today the deliberations took place. The prosecutor asked for 25 years in prison,” he said. Maria Eismontlawyer for the liberal politician, according to local press reports.
According to the indictment, Kara-Murza “knowingly spread false information” by accusing the Russian military of bombing residential areas, hospitals and schools in Ukraine during a March 2022 intervention in the US Arizona State House of Representatives.
In addition, he is accused of high treason, a charge punishable in this country with up to 20 years in prison, and of working for an NGO declared undesirable by the Russian Justice.
After the hearing, which took place behind closed doors, the opponent’s defender assured that her client has lost 17 kilos during his stay in preventive detention.
Kara-Murza has not been able to attend the last hearings due, according to her lawyers, “to a notable deterioration in his state of health”which prevented him from even getting into the van to go to court.
Recently, the opponent’s lawyers reported that Kara-Murza had been diagnosed in prison with polyneuropathy in the lower extremities as a result of the two poisonings he suffered in 2015 and 2017.
Kara-Murzá survived two poisoning attempts, in 2015 and 2017. According to the Bellingcat investigative collective, he had previously been followed by the same Federal Security Service unit that later poisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who in turn is serving eight years in jail.
With information from Reuters and EFE
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