Alexei Navalny filed a new lawsuit against the leadership of the colony in Pokrov | News from Germany about Russia | Dw

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Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who is imprisoned in Colony No. 2 (IK-2) in the town of Pokrov, Vladimir Region, has filed a lawsuit against the administration of IK-2. This became known on Wednesday, November 24, from the card of the corresponding case on the website of the Petushinsky District Court. According to the document, the claim was filed on November 18, and the consideration of the complaint was scheduled for December 9. Navalny’s lawyer Vadim Kobzev told Novaya Gazeta that the politician asks to declare illegal the decision of the IK-2 commission to put him on preventive records as “a person professing an extremist ideology and prone to committing crimes of a terrorist nature and extremist orientation.”

This is the fourth lawsuit filed by Alexei Navalny against the colony in Pokrov. In June, the Petushinsky District Court dismissed a complaint in which Navalny demanded that he be declared unlawful for registering him as “prone to escape” at IK-2. In October, this status was canceled, after which the politician was registered as an “extremist” and “terrorist.” This status implies fewer checks. In two other lawsuits, the oppositionist complained that articles were cut out of the newspapers he received, and that the colony officials refused to give him the Koran and the Bible. As a result, Navalny himself refused the claims, since the books were given to him, and they stopped cutting out articles from his newspapers.

Persecution of Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny in January 2021 was detained immediately after returning to Russia from Germany, where he underwent treatment and rehabilitation after poisoning with a Novichok-class war agent. On February 2, the Simonovsky Court of Moscow replaced his suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case – 3.5 years – with a real one, serving in a general regime colony for 2 years and 8 months. Later, the court commuted the sentence. Taking into account the served house arrest, Navalny must spend about 2.5 years in the colony.

Lawyers and associates of the politician have repeatedly pointed to the deteriorating state of his health, the impossibility of transferring the recommended medicines and torture with sleep deprivation. From March 31 to April 23, the oppositionist went on a hunger strike, protesting against the fact that doctors were not allowed to see him. Currently, the Investigative Committee of Russia is investigating several more cases against Navalny and a number of his closest supporters.

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