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Those close to Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny say they do not know where he is. (Archive photo)

Agence France-Presse

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Supports of the Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, who is serving a 19-year prison sentence, said Monday that they have been trying to contact him in vain for almost a week and do not know where he is.

His lawyers went on Friday then Monday to two penal colonies in the Vladimir region (east of Moscow, Editor's note) where Alexeï Navalny could be, but learned that he was not there. not, said its spokesperson Kira Iarmich.

One ​​of these prisons indicated that the opponent was no longer on their records, refusing to say where he had been transferred, she wrote on:We still don't know where Alexei is, she said. A little earlier, she had indicated that it had been six days since her team had heard from him.

He notably missed a court hearing in which he had to appear by videoconference, absence justified by a power outage according to the prison authorities, added Kira Iarmich.

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They are making fun of us, she said.

Until then detained in the Vladimir region, Alexeï Navalny must be transferred according to his new sentence of 19 years in prison for extremism, handed down in August, in a special regime penal colony.

Transfers from one penal colony to another in Russia often take several weeks of travel by train with stages, with detainees' relatives remaining without news during this time. period.

Special regime colonies, or establishments with the harshest conditions of detention in the Russian prison system, are often located in very isolated.

Arrested in January 2021, Alexeï Navalny, 47, has been alternating stays in solitary confinement with more or less strict detention conditions for almost three years.< /p>

In early December, Russian authorities initiated new charges of vandalism against the charismatic anti-corruption activist, which could add three more years of detention to his sentence.

Never has a detainee, placed in solitary confinement for more than a year, had a social and political life so rich, the opponent then quipped, who communicates mainly via messages sent to his lawyers and published online.

He had escaped from close to death when he was poisoned in August 2020, spending several months convalescing in Germany.

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