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Penal Colony No. 2 'breaks people': Inside the prison where Alexei Navalny has been sent

Added 03-01-21 07:11:02am EST - “Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a penal colony that has been described as "one of the worst" in Russia, Moscow said on Sunday. The opposition figure, who was jailed upon return to Russia last month after recovering…” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Penal Colony No. 2 'breaks people': Inside the prison where Alexei Navalny has been sent”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a penal colony that has been described as "one of the worst" in Russia, Moscow said on Sunday.

The opposition figure, who was jailed upon return to Russia last month after recovering from a poison-induced coma, is now believed to be in penal colony No. 2 in the town of Pokrov, which is three hours outside Moscow, according to Alexey Melnikov, the secretary of the state-run Public Monitoring Commission (ONK).

Ruslan Vakhapov, a human rights activist who specializes in defending prisoners for local NGO Jailed Russia, described the conditions as grim.

“It’s one of the worst colonies in Russia. Former inmates are afraid to speak out about the conditions because they risk repercussions after they leave the prison,” Mr Vakhapov told The Telegraph.

“Navalny will probably be isolated from the outside world and other prisoners will be prevented from talking to him,” Mr Vakhapov said.

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