Aleksei Navalny has been jailed and handed a prison term of two years and eight months and he faces possible further prosecution that could result in many more years behind bars.
Russia’s prison authority has confirmed that opposition political leader Aleksei Navalny has been moved from the Moscow detention center where had been held since mid-January to another prison.
Russian authorities typically do not provide information about the transfer of prisoners until after they reach their destination, which could be anywhere in the country.
Big street protests prompted by his arrest were abruptly halted amid a harsh state crackdown, his allies associates are being harried persistently by the state, his wife has left the country, at least for now, if media reports to be believed.
State Duma elections in September will test both Putin and Navalny. But they are unlikely to be the endgame.
Leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a penal colony where he will serve out his jail sentence, the head of Russia’s prison service said on Friday.
President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent was this month sentenced to two years and six months in a penal colony for breaching parole terms while he recovering in Germany from a nerve agent poisoning.
“He has been transferred to where he is supposed to be under the court ruling,” state news agency RIA Novosti quoted Alexander Kalashnikov, the head of the Federal Prison Service, as saying.
Kalashnikov did not disclose the name of the prison but insisted that Navalny would serve his sentence in “absolutely normal conditions.”
“I guarantee that there exists no threat to his life and health,” he added.