Alexei Navalny Claims Solitary Confinement

Russian dissident Alexei Navalny claimed that Russian prison guards placed him in solitary confinement after allegedly violating the prison’s dress code.

Navalny, 46, was able to relay the information to his lawyers in a letter, which was subsequently posted on his social media accounts, revealing that he got placed in solitary confinement due to a violation of the prison’s dress code.

According to Navalny, the only items in his cell, which he deemed as a “concrete kennel”, are a single mug and a book. He also wrote that he only gets a spoon and a plate during meal times, and that his standard prison clothes were taken away from him, replaced with temporary clothes with the word “SHU” on the back.

“The SHU [special housing unit] is the harshest punishment in the legal prison hierarchy. And in the illegal one as well – torture and murder are most often carried out there,” wrote Navalny.

Navalny elaborated in his letter that he was summoned by prison guards and was shown footage of him unbuttoning the top button of his prison robe while in the prison’s industrial zone, which he claimed was a “few sizes too small” for him. 

In January 2021, Navalny returned from Germany where he had been recovering from a nerve agent attack that he had blamed on the Kremlin. He was subsequently jailed. 

Navalny is currently serving a nine-year jail sentence in a penal colony near the Russian town of Vladimir on embezzlement accusations that he and his allies claim are politically motivated.


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