Russian dissident Alexey Navalny says he was moved into solitary cell to ‘shut me up’



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Imprisoned Russian dissident Alexey Navalny has been transferred right into a solitary jail cell, in response to tweets from himself and his workers, in what he described as a transfer designed to “shut me up.”

Navalny, a distinguished critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, defined what occurred in a Thursday Twitter thread: “Congratulations, I’ve moved up one more level in the hierarchy of prison offenders,” Navalny wrote with irony, including that jail officers moved him to a cramped “cell-type room.”

Cell-type rooms are used as punishment or to separate probably the most harmful offenders within the Russian penitentiary system. Inmates in Russian penal colonies are extra sometimes housed in barracks as a substitute of cells in response to a report by Poland-based suppose tank the Centre for Jap Research (OSW).

In his isolation, Navalny stated that he’s allowed simply two books and may use jail commissary, “albeit with a very limited budget.”

However the “real indescribable bestiality, very characteristic of the Kremlin, which manually controls my entire incarceration,” is the blocking of visits, he stated. His mother and father, youngsters and spouse have been as a result of go to, however he’ll now not get to see them, Navalny wrote.

“Alexey Navalny was transferred to a cell-type room. It’s like a punishment cell, only not for 15 days, but forever,” wrote his spokesperson Kira Yarmysh on Twitter.

In accordance with the Russian penal code, detention in a cell-type room can not exceed six months. CNN has reached out to Russian penitentiary providers for remark.

Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent in 2020, an assault a number of Western officers and Navalny himself overtly blamed on the Kremlin. Russia has denied any involvement.

After a five-month keep in Germany recovering from the Novichok poisoning, Navalny final yr returned to Moscow, the place he was instantly arrested for violating probation phrases imposed from a 2014 case.

Earlier this yr, Navalny was sentenced to 9 years in jail on fraud fees he stated have been politically motivated.

Whereas Decide Margarita Kotova learn out the accusations towards him, footage confirmed Navalny as a gaunt determine standing beside his legal professionals in a room crammed with safety officers. He appeared unmoved by the proceedings, wanting by way of some court docket paperwork on a desk in entrance of him.

Navalny was then transferred in June from a penal colony the place he was serving his time period to a better safety jail facility in Melekhovo within the Vladimir Area.

“They’re doing it to shut me up,” Navalny stated in Thursday’s Twitter thread about his new jail situations. “So what’s my first duty? That’s right, to not be afraid and not shut up,” he writes, urging others to do the identical.

“At every opportunity, campaign against the war, Putin and United Russia. Hugs to you all.”