Navalny's associates report “torture conditions” for him in the colony

Navalny's associates report “torture conditions” for him in the colony

Navalny's associates report

Photo by REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina   Navalny's associates report “torture conditions” for him in the colony conditions of his detention in the colony in Melehovo in the Vladimir region. Navalny was transferred to this strict regime colony recently, after a new conviction in a criminal case for fraud came into force.

On social networks, on behalf of Navalny, a post was published in which he describes his daily routine in the colony. As Navalny writes, 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 Navalny, 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 the 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 crooked invalid with a bad back.” Navalny writes. He also mentions delays in accessing lawyers.

Oppositionist ally Leonid Volkov writes that 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 on 70-80 hours per week. Volkov recalls that last spring, Navalny complained of back problems in the colony. The oppositionist then went on a hunger strike, demanding qualified medical assistance.

Alexei Navalny has been imprisoned since January 2021, when he returned to Russia after receiving medical treatment abroad. First, he was sent to a general regime colony on an old criminal case, and then transferred to a strict regime colony, sentenced to 9 years in prison in the case of fraud with donations from supporters.

Navalny and his associates call all these cases fabricated and politically motivated. Human rights organizations agree with this assessment.