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Navalny files lawsuit against the management of his penal colony in Melekhovo

Source: Meduza

Alexey Navalny filed a lawsuit against Penal Colony No. 6 in Melekhovo, Vladimir region, where he is serving his sentence. The suit was filed on the grounds that the colony's administration has refused to disclose information about the purchaser of the products the politician manufactures in the colony, according to the joint press service of the Vladimir region's court of general jurisdiction.

According to the press service, the reason for the refusal to provide this information was the "lack of consent of the purchaser to the dissemination of information about the manufacture of their products in correctional institutions."

Navalny and his lawyers believe that there is no such basis for refusing to provide information under the law and that the refusal is unfounded.

This is the first claim of Navalny to the management of Penal Colony No. 6. Earlier the politician filed several claims against the management of Penal Colony No. 2 in Pokrov in Vladimir region where he was held from March 2021 until June 2022.

Navalny was transferred to Penal Colony No. 6 following a conviction for fraud and contempt of court, in which he received a nine-year prison sentence. The politician and his associates call the case trumped up. There have been widespread complaints of torture by prisoners in this colony.

Navalny says that here they have equipped a "prison within a prison" for him. In the colony the politician works with a sewing machine. During his work, he said, he has to sit for seven hours on "a stool below knee height."