Alexei Navalny fears he will be sent to ‘torture prison’ where inmates ‘have their fingernails pulled out’ after being jailed for 13 years for defying Putin
- Navalny, 45, is set to be taken to correctional colony No. 6 in Melekhovo
- The penal colony is known for brutal beatings and the rape of male inmates
- The Jailed opposition leader said he would win an election if it was held today
Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny fears he is to be sent to a ‘torture’ prison notorious for sexual violence when his new sentence comes into force.
‘I’ve heard rumors that I’ll be transferred to the high security colony in Melekhovo, where convicts get their fingernails pulled out,’ he wrote on his Twitter account.
The strict regime maximum security penal colony at Melekhovo is known for brutal beatings and the rape of male inmates.
Navalny – a leading Vladimir Putin foe who is currently in another less harsh prison – posted: ‘My [new] verdict has not yet entered into force, but prisoners from Melekhovo maximum security colony write that they are equipping a “prison in prison” for me there.’
Navalny was convicted for fraud and sentenced to an additional nine years in a maximum security prison in March, after already receiving a sentence of three years and eight months for ’embezzlement’, marking almost 13 in total.
Navalny is pictured at his trial offsite court session in the penal colony N2 (IK-2) in Pokrov. He was sentenced to an additional nine years in a maximum security prison in March. Now, he fears he is to be sent to a ‘torture’ prison notorious for sexual violence
Navalny has said that he wants to replace Putin, and says he would win an election if it was not rigged in the Kremlin leader’s favour.
Independent media outlet Mediazona last year revealed allegations of systematic torture and sexual violence at the facility known as correctional colony No. 6.
Former convict Ivan Fomin, then 29, claimed that the governor of the colony, Roman Sahakyan, had forced him to refuse a lawyer with threats.
He was told that if he did not cooperate ‘they would rape me, and tie my legs and hands from behind.
Photos show the Melekhovo colony in Vladimir region of Russia. Independent media outlet Mediazona last year revealed allegations of systematic torture and sexual violence at the facility known as correctional colony No 6
‘I would lie down, and they would beat my heels and ass. After that, if I did not confess, they would [rape] me with a [spade] handle, and then put this in my mouth.’
He witnessed another inmate being punched in the stomach and beaten with piping on his heels and bottom.
The prisoner was then sodomised with the piping, which was later forced into his mouth, he said.
Navalny’s press secretary Kira Yarmysh said that while torture is used on prisoners in many Russian colonies, this jail is ‘a monstrous place even by such insane standards.’
There had been numerous testimonies about the facility, she said.
In March, Navalny – who nearly lost his life when he was poisoned with novichok – was sentenced to nine years of strict regime prison for ‘fraud and insulting the court’.
The opposition leader has used his legal background to relentlessly exposed alleged corruption in Putin’s circle, becoming a target of the regime
The judge had been promoted by Vladimir Putin ahead of the sentence.
He is due to be moved to a stricter jail when the new sentence comes into force.
Navalny is seen as the most charismatic Putin foe, and the Russian leader refuses even to mention his name.
A lawyer, the opposition politician has relentlessly exposed alleged corruption in Putin’s circle.
In his last speech to court, Navalny said the case against him was fabricated.
He spoke out against the war in Ukraine, and vowed to ‘continue to fight the authorities’, declaring he was afraid of ‘neither the FSB, nor chemical weapons, nor Putin.’
Navalny, pictured with his wife, has said that he wants to replace Putin, and says he would win an election if it was not rigged in the Kremlin leader’s favour
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