Russian Dissident Navalny ‘Moved Out of Moscow Prison’ to Detention Centre

Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has been moved from a maximum security penitentiary in Moscow to a “detention centre” in an undisclosed location.

Navalny was moved Thursday night as confirmed by Alexander Kalashnikov, head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN). Kalashnikov did not tell the media where Navalny would be taken, but urged that he would be held in “absolutely normal conditions” and that “there was no threat to his health or life”. 

Navalny was jailed over a parole violation related to a 2014 embezzlement case, after being sentenced to just over three years in prison on February 2.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Navalny’s imprisonment to be unlawful last week, and ordered the Russian government to release him. Navalny has gone on record multiple times as having said the charges against him are “completely fabricated”.

Navalny’s arrest has driven widespread protests in Russia. Authorities have detained 11,000 protesters, many of whom are currently serving 15 day sentences. 

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