Posted25 February 2021, 17:55
Russian opponent Alexei Navalny was taken to an undisclosed prison on Thursday after he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny was transferred Thursday from his Moscow prison, where he had been incarcerated since his arrest on his return to Russia in mid-January, to an unknown destination, his team announced. “They haven’t told anyone where he was transferred,” one of his lawyers, Olga Mikhailova, told AFP, suggesting that he could have gone to the penal colony where he will serve a two-and-a-half-year sentence incarceration.
Russian justice last week confirmed the sentence of the 44-year-old opponent, in a fraud case dating from 2014 that he and many capitals and NGOs denounce as political. He was arrested on January 17, on his return from Germany where he had spent almost five months in convalescence to recover from a poisoning of which he accuses the Kremlin.
Sentenced for “defamation”
A close associate of Alexey Navalny, Leonid Volkov, claimed on Twitter that the opponent’s family had also not been informed of his whereabouts. “I recall once again that by virtue of a binding decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Alexeï Navalny should be immediately released”, he added.
The opponent’s arrest sparked major protests in Russia, to which the authorities responded with the arrest of more than 10,000 people. Most of his collaborators were also arrested.
Last week, Alexeï Navalny was also fined for “defamation” against a veteran of the Second World War and several other court cases await him, including a fraud investigation, punishable by 10 years in prison.