Alexei Navalny transferred to a strict regime colony

The detained politician was transferred to a strict regime colony in Melehovo, Vladimir region, Russian state media TASS reported, citing the chairman of the regional public monitoring commission, Sergei Yazhan.

Yazhan told TASS on Tuesday that Navalny had arrived at the prison. However, Navalny’s press secretary, Kira Yarmysh, said on Twitter that despite media reports, Navalny’s team had not received confirmation of his transfer to Melehovo.

The move is in line with a sentencing judge in March, when a Moscow court sentenced Navalny to an additional nine years in a maximum security penal colony. He was convicted of fraud by Moscow’s Lefortovo Court in connection with allegations that he had stolen funds from his Anti-Corruption Fund.

Navalny mentioned the expected move in a Telegram message in May, writing gloomily that he had heard that a “jail within a prison” awaited him in Melehovo.

“My sentence has not yet entered into force, but prisoners from the strict regime colony Melehovo write that they are equipping a “prison within a prison” for me,” he wrote.

Lyudmila Romanova, the human rights ombudsman for the Vladimir region and the human rights ombudsman for local authorities, told TASS on Tuesday that the prison has a good reputation.

Earlier Tuesday, Navalny’s legal team said they did not know the whereabouts of the outspoken Kremlin critic.

“As a sentence, he was transferred to a maximum security prison. [in the new criminal case] entered into force, but we don’t know which one,” his lawyer Olga Mikhailova told CNN. “Where exactly he is, we don’t know.”

“We will continue to seek [for him]”, – added Mikhailov.

According to Yarmysh, Navalny’s lawyers came to the colony to meet with him and were told that he was not there.

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