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MOSCOW, March 12 (Reuters) – Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been transferred from a detention middle in Russia’s Vladimir area the place he was held final month and transferred to an unknown location, stated Friday the one among his attorneys.
Navalny, one among President Vladimir Putin’s most distinguished critics, was moved from Moscow jail final month to serve a sentence of round two and a half years after a courtroom dominated the West convicted as politically motivated.
He was first held in Kolchugino jail within the Vladimir area north-east of Moscow. The TASS information company, citing a police supply, reported on the time that Navalny was being held there for quarantine earlier than being transferred to the IK-2 penal colony, additionally within the Vladimir area.
Vadim Kobzev, one among Navalny’s attorneys, stated he visited his consumer on Thursday, however one other lawyer tried to see him on Friday solely to be instructed, finally, that Navalny had been transferred elsewhere.
“The jail stated he wasn’t there and that is it,” Kobzev instructed Reuters, including that Navalny was in good well being when he visited him a day earlier.
Citing privateness legal guidelines, a spokeswoman for the Federal Penitentiary Service stated she couldn’t launch details about Navalny’s whereabouts.
Navalny, 44, was arrested in January on his return from Germany following therapy for poisoning with what many Western nations take into account to be a nerve agent.
The Kremlin has denied any involvement in what occurred to him, questioned whether or not he had actually been poisoned, and advised that it might have all been staged.
Navalny was jailed final month for violating parole on what he stated have been trumped up prices and is anticipated to serve round two and a half years in jail.
Western nations have referred to as for his launch, and america and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Moscow over the matter. (Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy, Polina Nikolskaya and Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Alexander Marrow / Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Enhancing by Andrew Osborn)