Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Held at ‘Concentration Camp’ in Russia

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny revealed that he is currently being held at a “concentration camp” in the Vladimir region of Russia, according to a post on his Instagram on March 15.

“I have to admit that the Russian prison system has managed to surprise me. I never imagined that it was possible to build a real concentration camp 100 kilometers from Moscow,” Navalny said in the post.

Navalny, who was sentenced to a two-and-a-half years in prison, specified in the post that he was in Penal Colony No. 2 in the town of Pokrov, with a “freshly shaven head.”

“There are video cameras everywhere, they keep watch on everyone and make reports for the slightest infractions. I think someone high up has read 1984 by Orwell,” Navalny further said.

“Education through dehumanization,” Navalny added.

Navalny also wrote that he had not seen any indications of violence at the colony yet, but he could “easily believe” previous reports of violence due to the “tense posture of the convicts.”

Navalny also said in the post that a man took a photo of him and announced that the convict who was “prone to escape” was still in his cell, waking him up “every hour” at night.

Navalny’s post was the first confirmation of his location after he was moved from the Kolchugino jail, and it also confirmed reports that said that he would spend his prison sentence in one of Russia’s most notorious facilities.

According to Russian news agencies, Navalny’s lawyer, Olga Mikhailova, confirmed on March 15 that he was currently detained at the colony and that she had been able to visit him there.

Navalny was arrested earlier this year for parole violations, but many view his arrest as politically motivated.

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