Alexei Navalny has been transferred to an infamous maximum-security prison, aide says – POLITICO

Alexei Navalny was transferred to a high security prison, his spokesperson Kira Yarmysh announced in a tweet on Wednesday.

“His lawyer managed to see him. Alexei sends his regards to everyone,” she wrote, adding that Navalny is currently being kept in quarantine.

The IK-6 The penal colony, where Navalny was transferred, is a maximum security prison in Melekhovo, 250 kilometers east of Moscow, and has been the subject of several investigations into the mistreatment of inmates. “IK-6 in Melekhovo is a monstrous place,” Yarmysh tweeted in May, when it was rumored that Navalny could be transferred there.

The news comes a day after Yarmysh wrote on Twitter that Navalny’s fate was unknown. According to Yarrmysh, the imprisoned dissident was transferred without the knowledge of his lawyers or relatives.

“His lawyer, who came to see him, was held at the checkpoint until 2 p.m. and then told, ‘There is no such convict here,'” Yarmysh wrote on Tuesday. She said there were rumors that Navalny had moved to IK-6, but they weren’t confirmed until Wednesday.

Navalny was jailed in February 2021 for violating probation, after returning from Germany, where he had recovered from being poisoned with a nerve agent, an attack he accused the Kremlin of ordering. In March this year Navalny was sentenced to a further nine years in prison for fraud – after a trial dismissed as a sham by Amnesty International.

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