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Russia condemns a decision calling for the Kremlin critic's release because of a risk to his life.Navalny was detained on his return to Russia last month following treatment for a nerve agent poisoning in Siberia. He was then given a jail term.
Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has been moved to an undisclosed detention centre outside Moscow that may be a prison camp, according to his lawyer and a member of a rights organisation.
Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was jailed earlier this month for alleged parole violations related to an embezzlement case he said was trumped up for political reasons, which the authorities have denied.
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The Russian opposition leader was sentenced earlier in February for allegedly violating parole charges. Mr Navalny, 44, was arrested on 17 January as he returned to Russia from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from a nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin - an allegation denied by Russian authorities.His sentence stems from a 2014 embezzlement conviction that he has has rejected as fabricated and the European Court of Human Rights has ruled to be unlawful.Mr Navalny had asked Moscow City Court to overturn the sentence and set him free.
The European Сourt of Human Rights has also ruled the case unlawful and, citing risks to Navalny’s life in custody, ordered the Russian government to release him.
Russia has rebuffed the court’s demand as unlawful and “inadmissible” meddling in the country’s affairs.
Navalny is due to spend just more than two and a half years behind bars, according to his lawyers.
One of his lawyers, Vadim Kobzev, said on Twitter that Navalny was moved from the Moscow jail, later adding that the politician could have been taken to a prison camp.
Kobzev said such a move was against the law, adding that Navalny’s relatives had not been informed of his whereabouts.
RIA news agency reported that Eva Merkacheva, a member of Moscow’s public monitoring committee for human rights, said Navalny was sent to a standard penal colony, the location of which should be disclosed when he arrived there.
Alexeï Navalny transferred from his Moscow prison to an unknown location
© Copyright 2021, L'Obs The Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny was transferred this Thursday, February 25 from his Moscow prison, where he had been imprisoned since his arrest in 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-year sentence and half incarceration.
Navalny, 44, was arrested on January 17 after his return from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from a nerve-agent poisoning that he blamed on the Kremlin.
Russia has rejected the accusation and accused Navalny of cooperating with Western intelligence agencies – claims he has ridiculed.
Navalny’s arrest drove a wave of protests, drawing tens of thousands to the streets across Russia.
Authorities have detained about 11,000 people, many of whom were fined or given jail terms ranging from seven to 15 days.
His detention has also raised political tensions between Moscow and Western nations, which are preparing additional sanctions against Russian officials.
Navalny affair: From his cell, the Russian opponent gives reassuring news .
In a message posted on Instagram, Alexei Navalny declares: "All is well for me". His lawyer also confirms that he "is doing well" © Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP / SIPA Alexeï Navalny during his trial in Moscow on February 20, 2021. MESSAGE - In a message posted on Instagram, Alexeï Navalny declares: " everything's going well for me ". His lawyer also confirms that he is "doing well" Alexeï Navalny gives his news with rather reassuring words.