Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was taken from the penal colony where he was serving his sentence. Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Jarmyšová wrote on social networks that the officials of the Melechovo colony said that he is no longer registered there. Navalny’s aides expected him to be transferred to a stricter prison after his prison term was extended. It was reported by the BBC
Navalny’s spokeswoman Jarmyšová claims that his disappearance is related to the recent election announcement. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he intends to run in the elections in March next year.
In August, Navalny was found guilty of founding and financing an extremist organization and was sentenced to another 19 years in prison. The whole process once again bore the marks of a staged theater, which was pointed out by both human rights activists and Western politicians. The public was largely excluded from the proceedings. When Navalny gave his closing speech two weeks ago, no audio or video recording was allowed. Only her transcript got out.
He had previously been sentenced to nine years for breach of probation, fraud and contempt of court. All charges against him are widely believed to be politically motivated.