MOSCOW — Allies of jailed Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny mentioned on Friday that it was nonetheless unclear the place he was after jail authorities mentioned he was not within the penal colony the place he had been serving his sentence.
Navalny, a former lawyer who rose to prominence by lampooning President Vladimir Putin’s elite and alleging huge corruption, was sentenced in August to an extra 19 years in jail on high of 11-1/2 years he was already serving.
Allies, who had been making ready for his anticipated switch to a “particular regime” colony, the harshest grade in Russia’s jail system, mentioned Navalny has not been seen by his legal professionals since Dec. 6.
A Navalny lawyer, Vyacheslav Gimadi, mentioned that jail officers informed a court docket on Friday that Navalny had left the IK-6 facility in Melekhovo, 235 km (145 miles) east of Moscow. They didn’t say the place he was taken.
“The place he was taken is just not identified,” Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, mentioned, including that legal professionals had been informed that he left the Vladimir area the place IK-6 is situated on Dec. 11.
“Let me remind you that the legal professionals haven’t seen Alexei since December 6. Why they weren’t allowed to fulfill with him, if Alexei was nonetheless in IK-6, we have no idea.”
Navalny earned admiration from Russia’s disparate opposition for voluntarily returning to Russia in 2021 from Germany, the place he had been handled for what Western laboratory checks confirmed was an try and poison him with a nerve agent.
Navalny says he was poisoned in Siberia in August 2020. The Kremlin denied attempting to kill him and mentioned there was no proof he was poisoned with a nerve agent.
His supporters solid him as a Russian model of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela who will at some point stroll free from jail to guide his nation.
However Russian authorities view him and his supporters as extremists with hyperlinks to the CIA intelligence company who’re looking for to destabilise Russia. They’ve outlawed his motion, forcing lots of his followers to flee overseas.
U.S. State Division spokesperson Matthew Miller mentioned on Monday that Washington was deeply involved about Navalny’s wellbeing and had reminded the Russian authorities that they had been answerable for what occurred to him.
The Kremlin, which mentioned it didn’t observe the actions of particular person prisoners, informed Miller and his colleagues to thoughts their very own enterprise.
“Right here we’re speaking a couple of prisoner who has been discovered responsible below the legislation and is serving his sentence. And right here we contemplate any interference by anybody, together with the U.S., as unacceptable and unattainable,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov informed reporters this week.