Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny revealed Wednesday he was transferred to a maximum-security jail often known as the “torture conveyor belt.”
Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest opponent, wrote on his Telegram channel that he was moved to the IK-6 jail within the Vladimir area village of Melekhovo, about 155 miles east of Moscow.
“My area journey continues,” a seemingly upbeat Navalny quipped Wednesday. “I’ve moved from ship to ship. In others phrases, greetings to you all from a strict regime zone.”
He reported he was in quarantine, however didn’t say why or what his situations had been.
Navalny additionally complained that he “practically misplaced it” after having to haul his large guide assortment from one jail to a different.
“Yesterday for the primary time in my life I used to be carrying these luggage and considering that guide burnings weren’t essentially a foul factor,” he joked.
Till this week, Navalny had been serving an 11-1/2 12 months sentence on the IK-2 penal colony within the village of Pokrov within the Vladimir area.
Alexei Navalny wrote on his Telegram channel that he was moved to the IK-6 jail within the Vladimir area village of Melekhovo.Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP through Getty Photographs
However when his lawyer arrived on the lockup Tuesday to satisfy with him, he was instructed, “There isn’t any such convict right here.”
“The place Alexei is now, and which colony he’s being taken to, we don’t know,” Navalny’s chief of workers Leonid Volkov mentioned on the Telegram app.
Hours later, regional jail observer Sergey Yazhan mentioned by telephone that Navalny had been taken to the infamous Melekhovo penal colony.
The utmost-security IK-6 jail is named the “torture conveyor belt.”Alexander Nemenov/AFP through Getty Photographs
The jail at Melekhovo has develop into synonymous with allegations of brutal torture and the systemic rape of prisoners.
A former inmate recounted in graphic element to the unbiased Russian media outlet Mediazona final 12 months how he witnessed one other convict being savagely overwhelmed and sodomized with a pipe to extract a confession.
Navalny himself addressed the terrifying repute of the jail final month when he first discovered that he may very well be transferred there.
Till this week, Alexei Navalny had been serving an 11-1/2 12 months sentence on the IK-2 penal colony.AFP through Getty Photographs
‘They are saying that for those who google ‘Melekhovo’, there might be tales of prisoners about how fingernails are pulled on the market,” he wrote on Instagram.
Navalny was initially jailed for 2 and a half years for parole violations in February 2021 after voluntarily coming back from Germany, the place he had been recovering from an obvious Novichok nerve agent poisoning in Russia that he accuses the Kremlin of ordering.
On March 24, Navalny was sentenced to a different 9 years in jail for fraud and contempt of courtroom. The high-profile dissident says the costs in opposition to him had been fabricated and politically motivated.
Alexei Navalny was initially jailed for 2 and a half years for parole violations and one other 9 years for fraud and contempt of courtroom.Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg through Getty Photographs
The decide ordered that Navalny, who has lambasted Russia’s warfare in Ukraine as “silly,” be transferred to a maximum-security jail, the place his rights to visits and correspondence might be decreased.
Navalny mentioned two weeks in the past that he had been charged in a brand new felony case with creating an extremist group and inciting hatred in direction of the authorities, offenses that carry a most sentence of 15 extra years.
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