Alexey Navalny starts 2023 in punishment cell
Alexey Navalny, who is serving his sentence in Prison Colony No. 6 in the Vladimir region, has been placed in a “punishment cell” for the tenth time.
The politician posted on social media that he had been placed in the punishment cell on December 31. Navalny wrote that he was told:
Navalny further noted that prison officials place one of his roommates in the prison’s medical ward, instead of in the barracks, whenever he is released from the prison cell. The politician suggested that he was being used as a bioweapon against him. Today, Navalny’s lawyer, Vadim Kobzev, wrote on Twitter that Navalny was sick with a cough and fever.
Navalny wrote in late December that that a prisoner with poor hygiene was put in his cell for the second time presumably as a way to punish Navalny himself. According to Navalny, prison employees cleared the idea of assigning the man to Navalny’s cell with Russian Federal Penitentiary Service Director Arkady Gostev. “So it’s clear that they’re trying to get to me, but they shouldn’t just shamelessly use a live person as a tool. Nobody even thought about how the unwashed prisoner felt. What’s it like for him to be in the punitive isolation cell [for 15 days]? Does his health permit it? For [prison officials], human beings don’t exist; the man is just a talking object they can use however they please,” said Navalny.
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