Jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny reveals his ‘freshly shaven head’ as he likens his Russian penal colony to a ‘concentration camp’ and says inmates are even banned from swearing
- Navalny says he is woken every hour at night by guards at Russian prison camp
- He was taken to the penal colony after conviction for flouting parole conditions
- His arrest and imprisonment has sparked protests and Western condemnation
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has shared a picture of his ‘freshly shaven head’ from a prison colony in Russia which he today likened to a ‘concentration camp’.
The Russian opposition leader described hellish conditions at the penal colony where he claims he is woken every hour at night by guards assigned to prevent his escape – and says that inmates are even banned from swearing.
‘I think someone upstairs read Orwell’s 1984 and said, yeah, cool, let’s do this,’ said a post on Navalny’s Instagram page.
‘Video cameras are everywhere, everyone is watched and at the slightest violation they make a report.’
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has shared a picture of his ‘freshly shaven head’ from a prison colony in Russia which he today likened to a ‘concentration camp’
Navalny was handed a lengthy prison term last month for flouting parole conditions in a sentence widely condemned by Western powers.
It sparked a wave of anti-Kremlin protests which in turn have led to a police crackdown that has further angered foreign diplomats.
Navalny had returned to Russia in January five months after surviving a nerve agent attack on board a plane in Siberia which he accuses the Kremlin of orchestrating.
His exact whereabouts had been unclear after he was moved from a jail near Moscow and his lawyers said they did not know where he was being taken.
But it is now confirmed that he is being held in a prison camp in the Vladimir region which is notorious for its strict regime.
More to follow.
Alexei Navalny was imprisoned after returning to Russia earlier this year
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