On Friday, lawyers for convicted opposition leader Alexei Navalny were due to meet him at the Kolchukino prison, a three-hour drive northeast of Moscow.
After several delays, prosecutors reportedly announced that Navalny had been transferred to another prison.
Now Navalny’s lawyers do not know where he is, they do not know, says Navalny’s lawyer Olga Mikhailova radiokanalen Ekho Moskvy.
– Keep an eye on him
He tells the radio channel that they were not notified in advance that Navalny would be transferred to another prison and that he would reprimand the prison for not informing them.
“We do not know where he is now,” Mikhailova told Echo Mosque.
– Prison and probation service relatives should have been notified of where he was transferred, but this will not be done, he continues.
It also says this is not the first time Navalny has been transferred without informing anyone.
– Finally we had to watch him ourselves. Now, frankly, we are again encouraged to keep an eye on him, the lawyer says.
Sentenced to imprisonment
Navalny is now serving a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence. He must serve his sentence in the prison colony.
Navalny’s sentence was commuted to unconditional imprisonment earlier this year after the sentence came in 2014 and was indeed conditional, but allegedly a breach of duty to report.
Many of the alleged violations of the obligation to report, the condition for a conditional sentence from 2014, came from Navalny’s stay in Germany last year.
Last summer, he was poisoned by opposition leader Neurotoxin Novitzko and was medically discharged to Berlin, where he received treatment and subsequent rehabilitation.
His argument in court proceedings is that it is therefore easy to determine whether he should spend time in prison:
“I was in a coma.”
He was arrested at the airport
In January of this year, he returned to Russia and was immediately arrested at the airport in Moscow for violating the duty to report accurately.
After commuting the conditional sentence to an unconditional sentence, Navalny had to appear in court again, this time on a defamation charge.
Navalny was charged following a Twitter message defaming a 94-year-old war veteran. Navalny pleaded not guilty again, but pleaded guilty again. This time the penalty is a huge fine.
Navalny, his supporters and lawyers believe both verdicts against him are politically motivated.
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