“Western officials questioned Ukraine’s ability to keep resisting the Russian onslaught.”
Navalny has been transferred to a higher security prison from the camp where he was staying. This caused alarm since early Tuesday reporting was that Navalny’s lawyer showed up at a court hearing and Russian officials denied having a prisoner by the name of Navalny.
At 8 PM on Tuesday, Navalny’s team had not received confirmation of his transfer to the other prison. Navalny was convicted by Moscow’s Lefortovo court over allegations that he stole from his Anti-Corruption foundation.
Navalny has reportedly texted his team that a “prison within a prison” awaited him at the higher security prison.
His lawyers were not informed of the transfer. They showed up at the penal colony where he had been held and were told that he was not there.
The Washington Post reported that this new prison was “known for the systematic abuse of inmates.” The prison is in Melekhovo, some 150 miles east of Moscow.
When the lawyers arrived at the penal colony they were told “thre is no such convict there” and they were turned away.
Navalyn’s spokesperson said: “As long as we don’t know where Alexei is, he remains one-on-one with the system that has already tried to kill him.”