Alexey Navalny moved out of Moscow prison, says lawyer

Alexey Navalny moved out of Moscow prison, says lawyer
Navalny is due to spend a little more than two and a half years behind bars, according to his lawyers (File: Press service of Simonovsky District Court/Handout via Reuters)
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Daily US Times: Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has been moved out of prison and shifted to an undisclosed detention centre outside the capital Moscow that may be a prison camp, his lawyer and a member of a rights organisation said.

Navalny, the main opposition leader in Russia, was jailed earlier this month for alleged parole violations related to an embezzlement case he said was trumped up for political reasons, which the authorities have denied.

The European Сourt of Human Rights has also ruled the case unlawful and, citing risks to Alexei Navalny’s life in custody, ordered the government of Russia to release him.

Russia has rebuffed the European Сourt of Human Rights demand as unlawful and “inadmissible” meddling in the country’s affairs.

Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, is due to spend just more than two and a half years behind bars, according to his lawyers.

One of his lawyers, Vadim Kobzev, said on Twitter that Mr Navalny was moved from the Moscow prison, later adding that the politician could have been taken to a prison camp.

The lawyer said such a move was against the law, adding that Navalny’s relatives had not been informed of his whereabouts.

RIA news agency reported that Eva Merkacheva, a member of Moscow’s public monitoring committee for human rights, said the opposition leader was sent to a standard penal colony, the location of which should be disclosed when he arrived there.

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