“We have 100% information that Navalny has arrived in Vladimir Oblast to serve his sentence,” Alexei Melnikov, executive secretary of the Moscow Public Monitoring Commission, told Interfax.
He added that Navalny would have to be quarantined first.
Pokrov is located 85 kilometers east of Moscow.
The location of Navalny was unknown for several days. Alexander Kalashnikov, head of Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service, said on Friday that Navalny had been sent from Moscow’s isolator Matroskaya Tishina to the colony, but had not revealed where the colony was located.
The 44-year-old Navalny was arrested on January 17 at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport after returning from Germany, where he recovered more than four months after being poisoned by the war substance Novichok.
Navalny believes that behind his poisoning is the Kremlin, which has denied the allegations.
The Federal Penitentiary Service explained Navalny’s detention by saying that Navalny had violated the terms of his suspended sentence in 2014, and the court commuted it this month to a real three-and-a-half-year prison sentence.
On appeal, the court reduced his prison sentence by one and a half months, including time spent under house arrest. Including the entire period of house arrest, Navalny will have to spend two years and six months in the colony, the prison sentence will end in the summer of 2023.
The arrest of Navalny in Russia sparked widespread protests, during which police detained about 11,000 people.
Navalny considers the case, which was convicted of fraud in 2014, fabricated, and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled in 2017 that the Yves Rocher fraud case violated the opposition’s right to a fair trial. Navalny was compensated, but the Russian Supreme Court upheld the verdict and refused to change it.
The ECtHR demanded the release of Navalny this month because it saw a risk to the applicant’s health and life. However, the Russian government rejected the ECtHR’s claim, calling it unlawful interference in Russia’s internal affairs.
Russian officials have rejected calls by the United States and the European Union (EU) to release Navalny and stop repressing his supporters.
EU foreign ministers this week decided to impose sanctions on Russian officials involved in the imprisonment of Navalny.