Companions of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny say about the “torture” conditions of his detention in the colony in Melekhovo in the Vladimir region. The politician was transferred to this maximum security colony recently after a new criminal conviction for fraud came into force.
In social networks on behalf of Navalny post publishedin which he describes his daily routine in the colony. According to Navalny, right in his barracks, separated by a fence from other barracks in the colony, there is a separate “industrial zone” – a room with three sewing machines.
According to the politician, he works 7 hours a day at a sewing machine, sitting “on a stool below the knee height,” and after work, “educational activities” last for several hours, during which he must sit “for several hours on a wooden bench under a portrait of Putin “. There is no work on Sunday, but “educational activities” last 10 hours.
“I don’t know who such events can ‘educate’, except for a twisted invalid with a bad back. But maybe that’s the goal,” Navalny says.
Opposition ally Leonid Volkov writesthat the purpose of such a daily routine is to undermine Navalny’s health.
“Now the regime is organized in such a way that he sits in an uncomfortable position for 70-80 hours a week,” he writes.
Volkov recalls that last spring, Navalny complained of back problems in the colony. The oppositionist then went on a hunger strike, demanding qualified medical care.
Prisoners in IK-6 in Melekhov complained about torture more than once. In March last year, Mediazona published excerpts from a letter from Ivan Fomin, a former prisoner of the colony, in which he describes cases of beatings, torture and sexual violence. Navalny became knownthat he would be transferred to Melehovo in the spring. Then he said that the prisoners were telling him that a “prison within a prison” was being prepared for the oppositionist in the colony.
Alexei Navalny has been in a colony in the city of Pokrov, Vladimir Region, since March 2021. When, after being poisoned by Novichok and being treated in Berlin, the opposition politician returned to his homeland, he was detained right at the border crossing at the airport and arrested. Navalny was replaced with a real suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case for not being registered at the inspection while he was in a coma and was being treated abroad.
Immediately after his arrest and the change of sentence, Navalny was again tried – in the case of libel against the veteran Artemenko, who starred in a propaganda video for changing the Constitution of the Russian Federation. The politician called the participants in this video “corrupt lackeys.” Then Navalny was sentenced to a fine, and immediately after the trial, the criminal article was toughened for slandering veterans.
In March 2022, the Lefortovo Court of Moscow sentenced him to 9 years in prison in a strict regime colony and a fine of 1.2 million rubles in the case of fraud and insulting a judge. The court found that Navalny and his colleagues from the FBK illegally collected donations and spent them on personal needs. Navalny denies his guilt and calls the case political. At the end of May, the oppositionist was charged with creating an “extremist community.”
May 24 Moscow City Court rejected the appeal policy on the verdict, and it came into effect. According to the new verdict, Navalny must serve his sentence in a strict regime colony. June 14, 2022 he was translated from a general regime colony in Pokrov to a strict regime colony in Melekhovo.