Kremlin critic housed in dreaded prison


After the controversial conviction, Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny has to be jailed for 30 days. The construction is notorious. There have been mysterious deaths there.

The Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny, who has only just returned to Russia, is being held in a particularly feared remand prison in the capital, Moscow. Navalny was taken to the Sailor Resting Detention Center on Monday evening, a spokesman for Moscow’s civil observation commission wrote on Tuesday in his Telegram channel. Navalny’s team had previously feared that Navalny would be housed in the institution. There have always been mysterious deaths in the prison – among others, the lawyer Sergej Magnitsky died there in 2009.

The authorities did not comment on the whereabouts of the 44-year-old opposition member, who was arrested at the airport on Sunday evening immediately after arriving from Germany. According to the observation commission, Navalny is doing relatively well in custody. He is “happy to be back home”, the prison guards have so far “exerted no moral or physical pressure” on him.

Navalny, who had recovered from an attack with the neurotoxin Novitschok in Germany in August, was sentenced to 30 days of pre-trial detention in Moscow on Monday in a controversial urgent procedure. He is accused of violating probation conditions in a previous criminal case. Navalny and his team criticize the process as a political staging with the aim of silencing him. “A normal person cannot understand this absurdity,” wrote Nawalny’s spokeswoman Kira Jarmysch on Twitter on Tuesday.

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