“Welcome everyone from the strict prison area,” Navalny wrote on his Instagram channel on Wednesday. He was transferred to the IK-6 Melechowo Punishment Camp the day before. He is currently in quarantine and “has not much to say”.
Melikhovo: One of the “most terrifying prisons in Russia”
Before his transfer, Navalny was imprisoned in a criminal colony in Pokrov, about 100 kilometers from Moscow. Now Melikhovo criminal camp is located 250 kilometers from the Russian capital and, according to Navalny’s supporters, is “one of the most fearsome prisons in Russia.”
In the past, many media outlets reported the mistreatment of penal camp inmates. Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Garmisch, said in May that Melikhovo was “notorious for having his colleagues tortured and killed”.
Navalny is a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and is best known for exposing corruption cases in Russia. He was arrested at Moscow airport upon his return from Germany in January 2021. He had previously been treated in Berlin for a poisoning he had suffered in Russia with a neurotoxin from the Novichok group, which he blames Putin for.
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