The abuses against Alexei Navalny in the Russian prison: “If you do not kneel before them, they have only one objective, to break it”

A prison guard with a dog is seen near an entrance to the IK-2 men’s correctional center (REUTERS / Tatyana Makeyeva)

Two former inmates of prison number 2 of Cover, in the Vladimir region, about a hundred kilometers east of Moscow, where the Russian opposition leader is serving a sentence, Alexei Navalny, denounced today the abuse to which the politician is subjected by the authorities of the penal institution.

“When someone does not kneel before them, they have only one goal, to break it”, affirmed to the opposition television channel Dozhd Narimán Osmánov.

Prison number 2 is infamous for numerous reports of abuse and torture, including beatings and sleep deprivation, committed by hooded and unmarked members of special units.

Osmanov affirmed that the prison authorities spoke with each of the prisoners and they were strictly forbidden from engaging in any kind of conversation with the Russian opponent.

“They totally isolated him. Naturally we suffered together with him. I have not yet been able to recover psychologically “, he confessed, noting that nevertheless, he pointed out to Navalny where the “safe zone”, the place where you can practice sports.

An image taken by a prison security camera shows Alexei Navalny speaking with a prison guard (LIFE.RU/Handout via REUTERS TV)
An image taken by a prison security camera shows Alexei Navalny speaking with a prison guard (LIFE.RU/Handout via REUTERS TV)

For its part, Evgueni Burak commented that in the detachment they put a twenty prisoners who wrote down any word from Navalny.

“So that I could not take a step without anyone knowing”He affirmed, noting that when the opponent went out to meet with his lawyers, officers from the prison would come to the detachment so that the prisoners could inform them.

Some of those inmates also tried unsuccessfully to provoke him into a fight.

Navalny was also subjected to psychological torture during the 24-day hunger strike that he did in prison to demand that he be treated by doctors he trusted in the face of his deteriorating health.

“Between 6 and 7 in the morning they brought half a sack of sausages, and began to fry them to force him to leave the hunger strike”Osmanov noted.

What’s more, they put in his cell a prisoner named Yúschenko, supposedly ill with tuberculosis in its contagious phase, but Osmanov managed to warn the opponent that it was all a hoax.

During Navalny’s admission after his hunger strike, the prison authorities planned a video to prisoners about “non-traditional sexual orientation” of the opponent, precisely on June 4, the day of his birthday, according to Burak.

An officer of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service walks near the gate of the penal colony N2 (Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)
An officer of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service walks near the gate of the penal colony N2 (Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

Navalny, who was declared by prison authorities as “prone to flight “, has repeatedly denounced the conditions of his detention “Close to torture”, and the permanent harassment of which he is the object.

The Russian opposition leader was sentenced last February to two and a half years in prison for having breached the terms of his probation when he recovered in Germany after being poisoned with a chemical agent of the class Novichok which, according to him, was directly ordered by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

Last october the European Parliament awarded him the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Conscience for the year 2021, highlighting the “great courage” of Navalny who his fight against the Kremlin “has cost him his freedom and almost his life.”

In addition, MEPs demanded the “Immediate and unconditional release” of the opponent.

The news was applauded by the West, but the Kremlin openly rejected the decision of the European Parliament.

(With information from EFE)

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