27 Sep 2023, 23:46

Navalny says will be sent to 'most severe' prison cell

 MOSCOW, Sept  27, 2023 (BSS/AFP) - Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei 
Navalny said Wednesday that he would be transferred to the strictest possible 
prison cell for an entire year, a day after a court rejected his appeal against 
a 19-year sentence.

 Navalny last month had his sentence more than doubled from nine to 19 
years, with a court also ruling to send him to a harsher "special regime" 
facility, rather than the current maximum security prison where he is held. 

The 47-year-old, whose appearance has changed significantly while behind 
bars, has spent recent months in and out of isolation cells. 

"Yesterday, right after my appeal, I was taken to a commission and told 
that -- due to my incorrigibility -- I will be transferred to an 'EPKT' for a 
period of 12 months," he posted on social media, referring to cells widely 
considered to have the harshest confinement conditions.

 "This is the most severe possible punishment in penal colonies of all 
types," he said.

 It was unclear if this would be in a special regime prison or in the 
maximum security prison outside Moscow where he is currently held.  

Navalny galvanised huge nationwide protests in Russia before he was jailed 
in 2021 on fraud charges after returning from Germany, where he recovered from 
a poison attack.

 In August, a court in his prison outside Moscow handed him a 19-year term 
on accusations of creating an organisation that undermined public security by 
carrying out "extremist activities".  

Navalny has denounced the Kremlin's Ukraine offensive from behind bars and 
called on Russians not to lose "the will to resist".


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